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Like a spiky meteorite, when the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year it demolished employer’s best-laid plans and is forcing them to find innovative ways to support, motivate and retain employees. During a virtual roundtable on Oct. 16, the 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards finalists discussed how they’ve quickly responded to everything from employee mental health to supporting financial wellness […]

TMX Group awarded for mobilizing to support staff well-being during coronavirus

With 95 per cent of employees working from home as of mid-March, TMX Group Ltd.’s wellness team quickly mobilized to create and implement a weekly virtual wellness program to keep them happy, healthy, engaged and motivated during a truly challenging time. The program, which was rolled out across the first 10 weeks of the coronavirus […]

Ericsson wins award for well-rounded health and wellness program

At Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16, Ericsson was recognized for its comprehensive health and wellness program that helps employees address their physical, mental and social health needs. “We’ve really focused on a health and wellness program that would benefit employee’s health and overall well-being. . . . I think, for us, it’s always been important. […]

Robust communications campaign leads to award for TMX Group

TMX Group Ltd.’s robust communications campaign for its long-standing employee share purchase plan led to a win in the benefits plan communications category at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16. In April 2020, the financial services company branded its ESPP with the slogan “Think like an owner, be an owner,” encouraging an ownership mentality among staff. The […]

CSS pension plan recognized for digital-first communications strategy

The Co-operative Superannuation Society Pension Plan’s digital-first communications plan netted it the pension plan communications award at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16. The CSS pension plan’s communications strategy was influenced by the technology and fintech industries and meeting its members where they are — online.  “We’re a defined contribution pension plan, so it’s […]

Niagara Casinos earns mental-health award for prevention, awareness strategy

Niagara Casinos took home the mental-health award at Benefits Canada‘s 2019 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Oct. 17 for its thorough and comprehensive approach to supporting its employees’ mental health. Its strategy, which is focused on awareness and prevention, aims to create and support a mentally healthy workplace, remove the stigma and provide resources […]

Goodyear Canada awarded for pun-filled pension communications

According to Goodyear Canada Inc., pension communications don’t have to be boring — and it’s not afraid to use puns to make its employees pay attention. The company’s strategy, encompassing targeted messaging and creatively designed materials, netted it the award for pension communications at Benefits Canada‘s 2019 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 17. Goodyear Canada […]

Fidelity Canada wins award for holistic health program

Fidelity Canada’s traditional health and wellness program has evolved into a holistic initiative that incorporates every aspect of working life, leading to its award win for a health and wellness program for an organization with more than 1,000 employees at Benefits Canada’s 2019 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Oct. 17. “I think the reality […]

Scotiabank recognized for creating culture of diversity in workplace

At Benefits Canada‘s 2019 Workplace Benefits Awards, Scotiabank was recognized in the diversity category for a focus that’s “thoughtful” and “fulsome,” according to judges. “I think it’s becoming well-known — and research shows — that more diverse organizations perform better against their peers and are in the top quartile and in all sorts of different metrics,” said […]

Innovative benefits communication nets award for WSP Canada

WSP Canada Inc.’s innovative communications plan to increase employees’ awareness of its benefits plan enhancements netted it the benefits plan communications award at Benefits Canada‘s 2019 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Oct. 17. In addition to standard email and intranet articles, the professional services firm’s communications plan included using its chief executive officer’s weekly email missives to […]