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While the coronavirus pandemic may be in the rearview mirror for most employers, the Ontario-based Workplace Safety and Insurance Board knows all too well that the shadow pandemic that emerged from the health crisis is still impacting employees in the workplace. At a time when some employers are considering cutting back on mental-health benefits, the […]

Nearly a quarter (21 per cent) of Canadian employees say they don’t perceive their workplace as supportive, according to Telus Health’s latest mental-health index. The survey, which polled 3,000 Canadians, found the average mental-health score among those who don’t view their workplace as supportive was 19 points lower than those who said the opposite. Indeed, 45 […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 20, 2024 March 20, 2024
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Women in Canada’s benefits, pension industries talk gender diversity

Women represent roughly a quarter of C-suite leaders in North America, while women of colour represent just one in 16, according to a report by McKinsey & Company. The report, which was based on research from more than 270 companies in the U.S. and Canada, found women of colour faced the steepest drop-off in representation […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 26, 2024 February 23, 2024
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Redbrick is highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion through employee-led discussions and education sessions, beginning with a focus on Black History Month in February. The Victoria, B.C.-based technology company is currently revamping its DEI strategy, which includes an internal network called ‘DRIVE’ — short for diversity, reconciliation, inclusivity, visibility and equity, says Basil Onyia, senior people […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • February 15, 2024 February 14, 2024
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Nearly four years after a global health crisis sparked an enduring spotlight on Canadians’ mental health, employees are increasingly making use of their workplace benefits while employers continue to push the boundaries in the programs and support they offer. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members used their mental-health benefits in the last […]

Although mental health is approached differently in workplaces around the globe, most multinational employers want to ensure a continuity of care and maintain a similar experience for all employees, while respecting local cultural and legal considerations. For Scotiabank, these considerations include focusing on what types of support are needed, what the employee experience is going […]

In recognition of its diverse workforce, the British Columbia Lottery Corp. is allowing employees to substitute up to six statutory holidays in a calendar year for other personal, cultural or religious days of significance to them. “The program is part of our overall inclusiveness and belonging culture,” says Madhavee Inamdar, the BCLC’s manager of diversity, […]

A story on whether the federal government should follow the U.K.’s lead and enshrine flexible working into law was the most-read human resources story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are the 10 most popular HR news stories of 2023: 1. Should Canada implement flexible working legislation for all workplaces? 2. How recent Canada Labour Code updates are impacting federally […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 20, 2023 December 19, 2023
  • 09:00

Telus Communications Inc.’s proactive approach to fostering employee mental health led to its win in the Mental-health program category for companies with more than 1,000 employees at Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 20. The organization’s winning strategy includes a commitment statement, signed by its leadership team, affirming that a psychologically safe and healthy […]

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While three-quarters (74 per cent) of global employers say the purpose of their internal communications strategy is to shape workplace culture and create a sense of belonging, only 56 per cent believe their employees understand their organization’s strategy, according to a new survey by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The survey, which polled more than […]