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A look at the link between mental health and gut health

The mental-health impacts of isolation and quarantine are clear, but Canadians may not realize loneliness can also harm their physical health, said Diane McIntosh, psychiatrist and chief neuroscience officer at Telus Health, during Benefits Canada’s 2020 Mental Health Summit on Nov. 12. “There have been correlates that loneliness or isolation . . . is like […]

Online sleep clinic Haleo and employee assistance program provider Optima Global Health are forming a partnership to make solutions for insomnia and other sleep disorders accessible to millions of Canadian employees. Through the partnership, Haleo’s personalized insomnia treatment will be integrated into all of the basic issues covered in Optima’s EAP framework. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 1, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 15:00
What tools can employers use to address employees’ sleep concerns?

Plan members living with insomnia or sleep problems could benefit from sleep-specific cognitive behavioural therapy programs accessible through their benefits plans. “One of the key things I’m going to say is benefits plans should offer some sort of online cognitive therapy for sleep,” said Atul Khullar, medical director of the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic, in a session during Benefits […]

Global employers increasing emphasis on work-life balance: survey

The majority (95 per cent) of global employers said they include emotional and mental-health programs in their corporate well-being platforms, according to a new survey by Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments Inc. The survey, which was fielded last fall and prior to the coronavirus pandemic, found the most common mental-health and well-being offerings […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 19, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15
Four tips for self-care while attending a conference

In any industry, conferences are a great opportunity for continuing education and connecting with others — such as the 20-plus conferences hosted by Benefits Canada each year — but many people find these events overwhelming. They take us out of our daily routine and can be emotionally and mentally draining. Early wakeup times and evening events […]

What tools can employers use to address employees’ sleep concerns?

While insomnia is a disorder, it’s just as commonly a symptom, which most people and physicians don’t grasp, said Dr. Atul Khullar, medical director at the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic. A lot of times, not sleeping is essentially the body breaking down because of a separate disorder, risk factor or residual symptom of a mental-health […]

People of colour in corporate Canada experiencing ’emotional tax:’ study

Canadian people of colour, specifically employees who identify as black, East Asian and South Asian, are experiencing high levels of “emotional tax,” according to a study by Catalyst Canada Inc. The study, which involved 700 Canadians of colour, found this tax is putting the overall health of these employees at risk and causing them to consider […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 29, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00
American Academy of Sleep Medicine rolls out employee program tracking sleep habits

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is tying its professional focus into its employee benefits offering, piloting an online program to help employees get more out of the time they spend sleeping. In November, the U.S.-based Welltrinsic Sleep Network, a subsidiary of the academy, rolled out the program with the aim of helping employees track, monitor and […]

Award winners discuss paths to improving employees’ well-being

These days, peace of mind is hard to come by, but the employers at the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards roundtable centred their discussion around the many ways they can positively contribute towards their workforces’ mental, physical and financial health, particularly when it comes to absenteeism and improving return-to-work processes. “We know that if people are […]

76% of Canadian employees work while tired: survey

Three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadian employees said they work while tired at least somewhat often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. The survey, which queried more than 550 office workers in Canada, found 31 per cent of respondents work while tired very often and 45 per cent do so somewhat often. […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00