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Two-fifths (41 per cent) of pet owners say they’d be willing to take a pay cut in order to work in a pet-friendly environment, according to a new survey by OnePoll on behalf of Vetster. The survey, which polled 1,800 employed pet owners, found 60 per cent were willing to seek new employment if their pet […]

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  • April 16, 2024 April 16, 2024
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During Canada’s unprecedented 2023 wildfire season, 6,500 individual fires burned more than 18.4 million hectares of land — and wildland firefighters bore the brunt of it all. “The working conditions are extremely dangerous and they’re getting more dangerous as fires become larger and more intense, and, in many cases, are going through communities,” says Bert […]

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Taking a break is always a good idea for employees, whether it’s a mid-morning stretch, a walk around the block, a lunch break in the cafeteria or taking 15 minutes to have a social catch-up with a colleague. Whatever it looks like, taking regular breaks throughout the workday is essential for maintaining positive mental health, […]

More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of employees say their mental health has stayed the same or worsened in the past year, according to a new survey by Calm.com Inc. The survey polled more than 150 employers and more than 4,000 workers in the U.S., U.K., Germany and India. It also analyzed usage patterns of more […]

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  • March 18, 2024 March 15, 2024
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Employers can support sandwich generation caregivers by providing extensive well-being benefits, flexibility and leadership training, says Michael Mousseau, national well-being practice leader at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Sandwich generation caregivers are people, typically middle-aged individuals, who find themselves tasked with taking care of their children while also looking after their parents or older family members. […]

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Nearly three-quarters (70 per cent) of global employees say they feel increasingly stressed as their employer has set more aggressive performance goals, with the percentage rising among Canadians (75 per cent), according to a new survey by Dayforce Inc. The survey, which polled more than 8,000 workers across Australia, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, […]

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  • February 12, 2024 February 9, 2024
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Nearly four years after a global health crisis sparked an enduring spotlight on Canadians’ mental health, employees are increasingly making use of their workplace benefits while employers continue to push the boundaries in the programs and support they offer. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members used their mental-health benefits in the last […]

As the mental-health concerns of employees in remote working arrangements continue to evolve, Thomson Reuters Corp. is taking a flexible approach to supporting these workers. “Overall, there’s less of a [mental-health] crisis now [than there was at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic], when people felt they needed to always be on [their computers] and […]

In the face of soaring mental health-related disability leaves and broader challenges with access to mental-health care, integrated disability management programs that include early intervention, accommodations and return-to-work supports can help shorten leave durations.  “Having an effective disability management program not only prevents and mitigates the impact of disability leaves on an organization, but it […]

As employers increasingly embrace diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, strong mental-health support can be a key pillar in those efforts, said Joby McKenzie, managing director for Canada at Teladoc Health, during Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference in October. Highlighting statistics showing the mental-health disparities across diverse groups, she noted a third of Indigenous people […]