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Walmart will require most of its U.S.-based technology staff to return to their assigned offices for at least two days each week, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The retailer is also closing its technology hubs in Carlsbad, Cali., Portland, Ore. and Austin, Tex. As part of the office closures, Walmart is asking hundreds […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 22, 2023 February 21, 2023
  • 09:00
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More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of employers in Ontario believe supporting employee mental health and well-being is important for their organization’s success, according to a new survey by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. However, the survey, which polled more than 1,900 organizations across the province, also found just over a third (37 per cent) […]

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  • February 10, 2023 February 10, 2023
  • 09:05

Even though the pandemic phase of the coronavirus crisis may be waning, two winners and three finalists in the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards’ mental-health categories are keeping their feet on the gas in making employee support a priority and overcoming the lingering stigma. Regardless of the sector in which they operate, all of these organizations […]

More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of small- and medium-sized employers in the U.S. that offer hybrid (74 per cent) or fully remote working (54 per cent) say these arrangements have impeded employee training and development, according to a new survey by the Harris Poll on behalf of consultancy RSM International. The survey, which polled […]

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  • February 9, 2023 February 8, 2023
  • 09:00

Crystal Powers began a new job remotely last February as a medical records supervisor. She has yet to meet two of the five people who report to her in person and has found it challenging to bond with her fellow managers online. “I was used to that face to face of going into people’s cubicles […]

BluePrint CPAs is offering a paid gym membership exclusively to its in-office employees as part of the firm’s strategy to encourage a healthy workplace and incentivize in-person work. The Chatam, Ont.-based firm is also offering one paid hour per day for exercise, but employees can allot two hours per day to be out of the […]


Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of Canadian employers say they’re using a hybrid working model, according to a new survey by Colliers Canada. The survey, which polled nearly 400 employers, found 34 per cent said they require employees to work onsite full time, while just four per cent said they use a fully remote working […]

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  • January 30, 2023 January 27, 2023
  • 09:00

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is prioritizing accessibility and inclusion in its new offices at CIBC Square in downtown Toronto. “The building was formally announced in spring 2017, with design research starting shortly after that included consultation with 6,000 employees,” says Claudette Knight, vice-president of workplace design and transformation at CIBC. “The results of that […]

Starbucks Corp. is requiring its white-collar employees to work from the office at least three days per week starting Jan. 30. According to a report by CNBC, employees within commuting distance of the company’s Seattle head office will be required to work onsite Tuesdays, Wednesdays and a third day to be determined by their team. […]

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  • January 18, 2023 January 17, 2023
  • 09:00

The Walt Disney Co. is requiring its white-collar employees to work onsite four days a week beginning in March. According to a report by CNBC, Bob Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, said hybrid workers will be asked to treat Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays. “As I’ve been meeting with teams throughout the company […]

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  • January 11, 2023 January 11, 2023
  • 15:00