Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Why Employee-Designed Wellness Programs are More Effective in Canada

Employee-designed plans are built with input from the workforce, they may not actually design the plan but provide valuable feedback that is used to create an effective wellness program. Employee-designed wellness programs are more effective in Canada due to higher usage rates, less work absences and overall higher productivity. The Journal of the American Medical…
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Managing Employee Burnout in the Workplace – Mental Health Strategies

Workplace stress can have long-term negative effects on job performance and overall physical and mental health. Managing employee burnout in the workplace has become increasingly important due to today’s fast-paced business environment. Employees are constantly “plugged-in” and may be unable to effectively manage their stress. Employee burnout can happen quickly and without anyone (including the…
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Federal Election Platforms That Affect Group Benefit Plans

Canada’s federal election is scheduled for Monday October 21st, with less than a month to go each party is rolling out election platforms designed to entice voters. Specifically, we want to focus on federal election platforms that affect group benefit plans. This article is in no way endorsing one candidate or party over the others,…
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How to Increase Productivity with Fitness in the Workplace

Nothing affects the bottom line of your business more than declining employee productivity. Your employees are the most important resource you have, but even the sharpest minds can become lethargic when sitting at a desk for eight hours with no stimulation. Here are some great ideas to increase productivity with fitness in the workplace. If…
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Flexible Benefits Plans Offer Choices to a Changing Workforce

Many readers part of a traditional group benefits plan will agree that the status quo is old, outdated and does not reflect the changes we see in the modern workforce. Flexible benefits plans offer choices to a changing workforce and offer relevant benefits to each individual person. After all, how many millennials are using respirators,…
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Know the Rules of a Health Spending Account

Health spending accounts (HSA’s) are a tax-free benefit that allows employees (and business owners) reduce the cost of medical expenses. We have written extensively on the subject, click here to read more about the basics of a health care spending account. HSA’s are a great tool to provide flexibility for your employees while providing tax-savings…
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How to Combine Financial Wellness with Traditional Wellness Benefits

Employers that take a vested interest in the financial wellbeing of their employees are reaping the benefits of a healthier and happier workforce. The key is how to combine financial wellness with traditional wellness benefits. Some traditionalists still think that a pay cheque is compensation enough for employees, but studies have repeatedly shown that a…
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The Top Chronic Diseases in Canadian Workplaces

Business owners need to be aware of the top chronic diseases in Canadian workplaces to better align their group health plans with the reality faced by Canadian workers. According to the 2019 Sanofi Canada Health-Care Survey, 54% of Canadian workers report having at least one chronic disease or condition. With the right treatment options, these…
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