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As the coronavirus crisis enters an endemic phase, employers are beginning to see a return to pre-pandemic levels in paramedical benefits’ usage. During the first eight months of the pandemic, many plan members put off paramedical appointments because they were uncomfortable with non-essential, in-person interactions. In addition, many paramedical services were unavailable due to restrictions […]

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic shifted many white-collar employees to remote working, some employers are planning their return to the office — even if it means bringing staff back kicking and screaming. Earlier this month, Tesla Inc. founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk made waves when, in internal emails, he demanded […]

How CAA’s wellness app is evolving during the pandemic

While almost two-thirds (67%) of employees agree their leader effectively supports their mental health, there are still some key areas where they feel their leaders are lacking, according to a new survey commissioned by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health complements of Canada Life Assurance Co. and conducted by Mental Health Research Canada. The survey, which […]

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  • May 2, 2022 April 29, 2022
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More than a third (36 per cent) of racialized and Indigenous Canadian employees said they feel their colleagues may deliberately act in a way that undermines their efforts at work, according to a new survey by ADP Canada. The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found this percentage increased to 40 per cent among […]

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  • April 28, 2022 April 27, 2022
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While mental-health apps play an important role in employee benefits offerings, employers must remember apps are the gateway to treatment and not the treatment itself, says the co-author of a new study by the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. “Don’t outsource your mental-health problems and think digital solutions alone are a panacea, just because it’s […]

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While Canadian employers have spent millions of dollars to address and support employee mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, the co-author of a new study says employee feedback is key to addressing gaps in the improvement of workplace psychological health and safety. “We’ve got random acts of wellness and we’re spending millions of dollars on […]

An article on British Columbia’s paramedics and their need for enhanced mental-health benefits was the most read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. B.C. paramedics seeking enhanced mental-health benefits 2. Canadian pension plans overcoming legislation, governance challenges: webinar 3. Ontario’s DB pension plans should take steps […]

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  • March 4, 2022 March 4, 2022
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Paramedics in British Columbia are seeking increased mental-health support and psychological training amid increasing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the opioid crisis. Troy Clifford, provincial president of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. and president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 873, says the province’s paramedics are currently reimbursed for just $100 […]

Making mental health and well-being the foundation of an organization’s culture wields success for employers. Well before the coronavirus pandemic put mental health in the spotlight, Schneider Electric was taking a proactive approach to psychological safety in the workplace by naming it as a priority and building a culture of inclusion that allows employees to […]