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The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on the well-being of Canadians, but one of the most notable trends has been its impact on employees with pre-existing mental-health challenges, said Lanie Schachter-Snipper, registered psychotherapist and national director of outpatient services for EHN Canada, during Benefits Canada’s 2021 Chronic Disease at Work conference in late February. […]

It’s been almost 13 months (and counting) since the coronavirus pandemic sent millions of Canadians home to work for what was supposed to be the short term. With no end in sight to the new remote-working setting, many white-collar employees have settled into the virtual office environment and are proving they’re just as productive, if […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 7, 2021 April 8, 2021
  • 09:00

Many white-collar employees were forced to work from home when a global coronavirus pandemic was declared last March, but now, with an eye toward the great reset, employers must decide whether to embrace working from home permanently or revert back to an in-person working model. Most employees’ sentiments have shifted toward a preference for continuing […]

Year two of the coronavirus pandemic is already revealing fault lines between how the youngest and oldest generations of U.S. employees are coping with the effects of the shift to remote working on their well-being, found MetLife Inc.’s annual U.S. employee benefit trends survey. Although employees across all generations feel their holistic well-being — which […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
  • 09:00
Salesforce planning to switch to flex-work model post-pandemic

A majority (58 per cent) of Canadian employees surveyed would like a hybrid-work arrangement that gives them the option to work from home or at the office once the pandemic ends, according to a poll by Citrix Systems Inc. Working from home has taken a toll on some Canadians, as many struggle to maintain work-life balance […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 31, 2021 March 31, 2021
  • 09:00
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Despite adjustments to operations and investments during the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s major pension plan leaders are maintaining a long-term view by looking ahead to a post-pandemic world. But we’re not out of the woods yet as Canada, and the rest of the world, are likely many months away from reaching herd immunity and thus life […]

According to a new global work trend report by Microsoft Corp., the shift to remote working brought on by the coronavirus pandemic may just have been the precursor to an even greater shift to another workplace disruptor — the hybrid-work model. Employees the world over are embracing the evolution of the modern workplace to the […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 26, 2021 March 31, 2021
  • 15:00
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Torstar Corp. is permanently closing the physical office spaces for the Ontario-based Waterloo Region Record and St. Catharines Standard newspapers and all staff of those news outlets will work remotely on a permanent basis. The decision is a way to “reduce office-space leasing costs,” says a spokesperson. The announcement by the publisher of the Toronto Star, and several other […]

A recent report by Citrix Systems Inc. and OnePoll found despite the challenges to work-life balance that can come with working from home, employees and employers alike are increasingly signalling that the shift to remote working is here for the long term. According to the report, when asked how they’d prefer to work after the […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 24, 2021 March 24, 2021
  • 15:00

For years, many employees had ad hoc, work-from-home arrangements with their employers. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, which kicked the shift to remote working into overdrive, forcing employers to spring into action to find ways to best use group benefits plans to support their employees through the change. As a result, employers came up with […]