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Employees don’t usually meditate together during work hours, but these aren’t usual times. Every month, the team at Wattpad gathers (virtually, for now) and is guided through a meditation class to help calm frayed nerves amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Abby Yew, the multi-platform entertainment company’s head of marketing, says she started taking sound-bath and […]

  • January 17, 2022 January 17, 2022
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In the opening sequence of the film Office Space, a frustrated cubicle-bound character sits in a traffic jam, looking out of his car window to see a senior with a walker is moving faster then he is. He then notices the cars in the lane next to him are flying by, so he moves lanes. But […]

  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
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When Kris Dalrymple (pictured) decided to come out as transgender at work, he was a bit worried about the reaction. But those fears quickly disappeared after he sent out a company-wide email chronicling his journey to outwardly living as the person he feels like on the inside. “The second the email came out, it was […]

  • December 17, 2021 December 17, 2021
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Angry mobs of anti-vaccination protestors holding up handmade signs with messages like “freedom not fear” have been popping up across the country and around the globe for months. Emotions continue to run high both on the streets and within organizations grappling with how to move forward amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But employers looking to […]

  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
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One, as Harry Nillson crooned in his classic breakup song, can feel like the loneliest number. At the end of working life, many retirees with defined contribution pension plans can be left feeling alone and confused — cut off from their plan sponsors and pension administrators and sent out with their savings accounts into the […]

  • November 19, 2021 November 24, 2021
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Real progress means walking the walk, not just talking the talk. In recent months, many employers have shown support for the Indigenous community by lowering flags, participating in Orange Shirt Day and starting meetings with land acknowledgements. While symbolic gestures are a start, employers looking to attract and retain Indigenous employees need to do the […]

  • November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
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SSENSE’s eye-catching and inclusive communications of its redesigned benefits plan launch was recognized at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The Montreal-based fashion retailer won in the Benefits plan communications category for its comprehensive communications that spoke directly to its young and diverse employees. With a workforce that encompasses more than 35 nationalities and an […]

  • October 26, 2021 October 26, 2021
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s comprehensive employee health and wellness strategy scored it a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won the award in the Health/wellness program category for an employer with fewer than 1,000 employees for its offerings that focus on helping staff “relax, refresh and recharge.” “We have [many] […]

  • October 21, 2021 November 8, 2021
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3M Canada’s long-term focus on helping employees “refresh, re-energize and feel well” secured the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The manufacturing company won in the Health/wellness program category for an employer with more than 1,000 employees for its ever-evolving comprehensive wellness program, called Empowering Healthy Living, that focuses on […]

  • October 20, 2021 October 20, 2021
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While renovation shows on television tend to take a sledgehammer to every surface in a house for dramatic effect, there’s another way. Defined contribution pension plans don’t need to be completely gutted to stay current. Something akin to painting an accent wall, like tweaking contribution rates, can be just as impactful and way more cost-effective. […]

  • October 15, 2021 November 3, 2021
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