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Life happens. All of us, at some point, are faced with difficult situations that can have a dramatic effect on our lives and our well-being. When stressful events such as a separation, divorce, death in the family or financial troubles hit, they can take a toll on our mental and physical health. The key to […]

  • October 14, 2011 September 13, 2019
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Mental health is on the radar of Canadian organizations. Numerous studies have been conducted on the occurrence of and costs associated with mental health issues. The unfortunate reality is that people are often not provided with the care they need, even though early intervention is a key factor in helping people address and treat mental […]

  • September 7, 2011 September 13, 2019
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Most organizations have come to understand the value of investing in workplace wellness. Intuitively, integrated health and productivity programs make sense. But with the continuing need to control expenses—including benefits—employers are under pressure to demonstrate how these programs directly contribute to organizational health. Or, in other words, how they show a positive return on investment […]

  • June 25, 2010 September 13, 2019
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The current economic climate has created a “catch-22” of sorts, in which the constant barrage of bad news and layoffs has eroded workers’ morale and productivity at a time it is needed the most. However, adhering to fundamental HR strategies will not only see an organization through this recession, but help it to thrive in […]

  • March 18, 2009 September 13, 2019
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While pundits, financial advisors and management consultants try to provide clarity amidst the current economic environment, the future remains stubbornly unclear. What is clear—from our vantage point as a provider of employee health and productivity solutions—is that our customer organizations are asking the same questions as ever before, albeit with perhaps even more urgency. How […]

  • March 17, 2009 September 13, 2019
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Andrea G. knows firsthand about the ups and downs of maternity leave. As a trader for a mostly male brokerage firm in Toronto, Andrea’s employer—while not unsupportive— didn’t exactly go out of its way to help her through the process. “I got the feeling that they were really flying by the seat of their pants,” […]

  • June 1, 2005 September 13, 2019
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