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Coughlan Home’s manager of human resources talks employee assistance programs, ‘quiet rooms’ and showing appreciation. Q. What top challenges do you face in your role? A. Throughout my 15 years in human resources, I’ve found the biggest challenge was encouraging younger generations to begin planning for their retirement. I try to provide scenarios that will […]

  • October 16, 2020 March 2, 2021
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KPMG in Canada is introducing an app to help its employees — and other organizations — manage the return-to-work process. The workforce safeguarding app, which was launched this week, aims to accelerate the safe return of employees to their physical workplaces. Designed to create connected experiences with staff and promote health and safety, it includes critical information […]

  • October 6, 2020 November 16, 2020
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I’m about to embark on the most exciting and terrifying chapter of my life — by the time you read this, I’ll be more than six months pregnant with my first child. With a decade in the industry, writing and editing stories about work-life balance, it’s now time to face the reality myself and try […]

  • September 18, 2020 March 2, 2021
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Early in Lana Burnstad’s career, she worked at a railway company that was merging several regional railways and their various benefits plans. Part of that process included working with multiple unions, which were traditionally male-dominated environments at the time. “That was a rough process — swearing and fist-pounding . . . . It was pretty […]

  • September 18, 2020 March 3, 2021
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In considering changes to its retirement savings programs, Rogers Communications Inc. is generally focused on three main internal and external factors: regulatory changes, employee feedback and demographics. “As we see the millennial and gen Z workforce grow quite a bit, we’re really trying to understand what that’s going to do to our plans in terms […]

  • September 4, 2020 November 30, 2020
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In considering changes to its retirement savings programs, Rogers Communications Inc. is generally focused on three main internal and external factors: regulatory changes, employee feedback and demographics. “As we see the millennial and gen Z workforce grow quite a bit, we’re really trying to understand what that’s going to do to our plans in terms […]

  • September 4, 2020 December 6, 2020
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With almost 100,000 employees in 30 countries, Scotiabank’s approach to global benefits provision is more about aligning philosophy or guiding principles than it is around aligning specific tactics of the benefits plan. “No surprise, every country, every region has its own set of legislation, social norms, priorities, different health-care infrastructure and different maturity in terms […]

  • August 28, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 08:38

While the vast majority of Canadians say the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their mental health, just 60 per cent are receiving the treatment or social support they need. “We’ve asked them, what are the barriers? Why aren’t they accessing the resources?” said Sophie Ouellet, vice-president of business development at Sun Life Canada, during a session on […]

  • August 28, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 08:37

Company culture is a common term, but what does it actually mean? Though it’s one of those non-tangible concepts that can be difficult to put into words, company culture is generally recognized as an integral part of how employees view and value their employer and their workplaces — and that’s never been more true than […]

  • August 14, 2020 December 11, 2020
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Formed a year ago through a merger and a spin off, Corteva Agriscience Canada is using change as an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a modern workplace. In 2015, Dow Inc. and DuPont agreed to merge and then subsequently spin off into three independent companies. Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont […]

  • August 14, 2020 March 2, 2021
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