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SAP Canada Inc. is accelerating the expansion of virtual wellness offerings through its benefits package amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic has essentially pressed fast-forward on a direction that the market was already going,” says Megan Smith, vice-president and head of human resources at the software company. “It forced the issue of remote work, causing employers […]

Purolator Inc. is adapting its benefits plan to proactively respond to employees’ mental-health needs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has expanded both the dollar value and scope of its mental-health benefits offering, including access to cognitive behavioural therapy and social workers, says Anna Manocchio, senior director of total rewards and human resources technology at […]

Johnston Group is partnering with PocketPills to provide a digital pharmacy platform. Plan members can access a pharmacist seven days a week by live chat or text message via the platform. “This partnership . . . continues to provide members truly flexible . . . benefits solutions in an ever-growing virtual world,” said Dave Angus, […]

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  • July 16, 2021 July 15, 2021
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The coronavirus pandemic has increased health-care costs in the U.S., while shifting how and where employees access care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. It projected that the costs of medical treatment in the U.S. will increase by 6.5 per cent in 2022, slightly lower than this year (seven per cent). “The pandemic’s long […]

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  • July 12, 2021 July 9, 2021
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While there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with respect to the coronavirus pandemic and the return to normal life, the stress response from such a rapid and necessary shift in lifestyle has had and will continue to have profound impacts on mental health. Before the pandemic, Canada was already […]

Since shifting its employees to remote working at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter Inc. adapted its fitness reimbursement benefit to the new virtual reality. Before the change, fitness was already a core part of the social media company’s suite of wellness benefits and perks, as well as part of its culture. In its […]

Manulife Financial Corp.’s new virtual health and wellness program is aiming to help employees keep healthy, engaged and connected amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Elevate program is part of Manulife’s overall employee engagement strategy and includes four sessions with the themes of healthy activities, mindfulness, eating well and demonstrating gratitude. The program is a […]

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Amazon.com Inc. is launching a digital health-care platform for its Canadian employees. The My Wellbeing platform provides employees with access to a range of health-care resources — including virtual physiotherapy sessions, a virtual gym, mental-health support and mindfulness sessions — according to a press release, which noted the platform runs targeted well-being campaigns and challenges […]

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Canadian employees with ongoing health challenges have faced unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by RBC Insurance. Among employees with a chronic health condition, 63 per cent said the inability to visit a doctor or clinic during the pandemic negatively impacted their health, compared to 47 per cent of those without […]

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  • June 3, 2021 June 4, 2021
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Consumers across the globe have adopted digital services into their everyday lives, personalizing the way they pay bills, shop and plan vacations. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, they’re using the virtual world to personalize their health care, said Joby McKenzie, Teladoc Health’s managing director in Canada, during Benefits Canada’s 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit. Before the […]