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Sobeys Inc. is reinstating a lockdown bonus for employees in areas with renewed stay-at-home orders, said a statement by the grocery retailer, which also noted the pay bump is “the right thing to do.” “When regions and cities enter government-mandated lockdowns that close all non-essential retail, we continue to live up to our commitments and […]

Hard Rock paying staff cash bonuses to ‘show appreciation’ amid pandemic

Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. is handing out cash bonuses to its workers in several U.S. states to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s important not to forget the job they’re doing during these difficult times. These are clearly challenging times and this is a way of showing our appreciation,” says Jim […]

Siemens Canada is paying out $3.4 million in one-time bonuses to Canadian workers in appreciation of their extra work during the coronavirus pandemic. The company said the payments, which will go to all employees apart from senior managers by the end of this year, work out to about $1,550 per eligible employee. Read: Managing the holiday party, bonus […]

Walmart Canada giving employees ‘appreciation’ bonus

Walmart Canada Corp. is giving new cash bonuses to its employees, saying the “appreciation bonus payment” recognizes their ongoing dedication during the coronavirus pandemic. The move follows similar announcements made by other companies in recent weeks, including Sobeys Inc., and could put pressure on more retailers to offer so-called hero pay to essential workers as the […]

Sobeys bringing back pay premiums, LifeLabs giving hero recognition bonuses

Sobeys Inc. is bringing back pay premiums for staff in locations where coronavirus lockdowns are in effect. Parent company Empire Co. Ltd. has reinstated ‘hero pay’ in Manitoba, Toronto and Ontario’s Peel Region as rising cases of the virus in those areas have prompted the shutdown of non-essential businesses. Each week, eligible employees will see between $10 […]

How Cineplex is phasing in a three-part recognition program

When Assad Mallick joined Cineplex Inc. in June 2019 as vice-president and head of total rewards, one of the mandates of his new role was to set up a new three-part recognition program. With more than 13,000 employees in Canada and the U.S., the entertainment company had a long-standing program recognizing length of service and […]

Many human resources teams that are planning 2021 salary adjustments and possible changes to total rewards programs need to focus on immediate ways to keep employee morale up as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, while also focusing on the longer term retention and attraction of top talent. The ongoing economic uncertainty wrought by the pandemic means many Canadian […]

Coronavirus casting light on different ESG issues

Employees cite meaningful work as more important to than compensation and perks, according to a new survey by the Workhuman Analytics and Research Institute. The survey, which polled more than 3,500 full-time employees in Canada, Ireland, the U.K. and U.S., asked employees to rank five factors from the most to least important to their careers. Meaningful work trumped […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 23, 2019 February 23, 2021
  • 08:45
Kind words most effective in showing employee appreciation: survey

Whether employees work on-site or remotely, they prefer their employers and colleagues show appreciation through kind words, according to a new survey by Appreciation at Work. The survey, which polled 130,000 U.S. workers, found almost half (48 per cent) of on-site employees and more than a third (38 per cent) of remote workers preferred words of […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
Kinaxis uses HR barbecue to boost staff awareness of services

With summer underway, Software company Kinaxis Inc. used a barbecue event last week as a way to introduce its growing human resources team to employees and explain the services they offer. As the Ottawa-based company has grown, its human resources and facilities team has expanded as well, to 14 people today from four members about three years ago. […]