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This Mental Health Week and beyond, employers can support employee mental health using digital toolkits, mental-health coaching and by providing adequate coverage, says Marie-Chantal Côtè, senior vice-president of group benefits at Sun Life Financial Inc. Mental-health practitioner claims more than doubled between 2019 and 2023, according to a recent report by Sun Life that examined claims […]

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 […]

Just a few years ago, employee experience wasn’t a top consideration among employers. However, the employee experience movement has recently gained momentum in the workplace, with research indicating companies that invest in these initiatives are four-times more profitable than those that don’t. Read: Employee experience, well-being top priority during pandemic: survey Employee experience is the […]

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Workplace wellness and employee mental health are popular topics of discussion and top priorities for organizations across Canada — and that conversation will continue in 2024 as organizations take a more preventative, strategic and holistic approach. Over the past couple of years, employers have been responding to mental-health needs within their workplace as a reaction […]

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
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Many employees try to carry on with work while dealing with stresses in their personal lives — and many wait too long before sharing their difficulties with their colleagues or managers, said Valérie Fernandez, senior advisor for workplace health best practices and strategic support for group insurance at Beneva Inc., during Benefits Canada’s 2023 Mental Health […]

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For Canadians and people around the world, the current news stream can be particularly bleak. While a brief ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas punctuated the conflict in Gaza last week, the war’s wider impact on people’s mental health and psychological safety will likely last far into the future. Meanwhile, Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 27, 2023 November 24, 2023
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When tall poppy syndrome is left to manifest in the workplace, it can have an adverse effect on an organization’s culture and lead to issues with employee mental health and productivity, said Rumeet Billan, a leadership, emotional resilience and mental-health expert, during the keynote session at Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference in October. She cautioned […]

About a year before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Algonquin College updated its disability management program. The timing set the Ottawa-based college up for success when the crisis hit, says Jessica Myers, its acting manager of wellness and abilities, allowing her team to focus on proactive supports, knowing case management was well in hand. […]

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An article on Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s win in the Financial wellness category at Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Lululemon’s retirement savings plans, financial literacy initiatives lead to award win 2. Telus Communications’ commitment to psychologically safe workplace leads to […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 3, 2023 November 2, 2023
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