Go Away! Why Employees Should Take Vacations

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Dec 12, 2018 11:24:21 AM

Chances are, your employees are counting the days until their next vacation. Who doesn't anticipate a break for rest, family time, or a change of scenery?

But, in reality, many end up forgoing their vacation benefits. Although most Canadians get two weeks of paid vacation per year, only one in three* actually takes it. Another 28% report taking less than half of their allotted vacation time.

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Top Men's Health Issue: Prostate Cancer and How to Prevent It

Posted by Craig Miller on Nov 14, 2018 4:54:19 PM

Now that "Movember" is here, we want to shine a light on men's health.

Did you know, men are less likely to seek medical care than women? They put off annual exams and see a doc only for emergencies.

Meanwhile, 72% of men have two or more unhealthy habits, such as smoking, poor diet, excessive drinking, lack of sleep, and sedentary lifestyle (source).

The result? Chronic illness and premature death.

At work, men with health issues show decreased productivity and may end up going on long-term disability. No one wins if health is taken for granted.

Today we want to talk about why it pays to boost your male employees' health quotient.

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Worried About Work-Related Back Pain? Here’s How to Prevent It

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Oct 25, 2018 9:42:12 AM

From tense shoulders to slipped discs, work-related back pain is a major issue for employees and employers alike.

Not only are musculoskeletal issues the second leading cause of long-term disability claims, they can also affect workers’ mental health and increase distraction at the office (source). In severe cases, staff with back complaints may need to take extra time off to deal with their symptoms.

In this blog, we’ll look at what causes back pain and offer simple, actionable tips for how to prevent it.

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How to Deal With Workplace Bullying

Posted by Preet Pall on Oct 11, 2018 10:20:47 AM

Bullying is a hot topic in today’s workplaces. More and more people are recognizing bullying as a problem, and employers want to do their part to create a safer workplace for all.

But how can you prevent bullying at work? And what can you do if it does become a problem?

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to recognize the signs of bullying, and what actions you can take to correct any issues.

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Want to Improve Productivity? Help Employees Sleep Better

Posted by Shelley Lai on Sep 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Sleep is often underrated. But whether you realize it or not, Canada is experiencing a sleep epidemic.

In fact, we are the third most sleep deprived nation in the world, on par with the US (source).

And lack of sleep strongly correlates with low productivity. If your employees are sleep deprived, your business can take a hit—as much as $3,156 per employee annually (source).

While you can't revamp employees' home lives, you can lead them toward healthy habits. In this blog, we’ll discuss strategies to help your employees get enough z's—so they can show up to work bright-eyed and fully engaged.

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How Staring at Screens All Day is Affecting Your Employees

Posted by Craig Miller on Aug 23, 2018 9:51:44 AM

What counts as too much screen time? In our plugged-in society, most of us spend more than 5 hours a day looking at a screen. For those in office jobs, that number is closer to 9 hours.

While technology is essential for most workplaces, it’s also important to provide staff with opportunities to disconnect. In this blog, we’ll discuss the risks of too much screen time, how it can negatively affect job performance and employee health, and, most importantly, what employers can do about it.

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Prescription Drug Dangers and How to Keep Employees Safe

Posted by Jaime Laprise on Aug 16, 2018 10:46:32 AM

What's in your medicine cabinet?

Modern healthcare goes hand in hand with pharmaceuticals. You can bet many of your employees are taking at least one prescription drug.

The right drugs can be life-changing, but only if taken properly. Did you know drugs can interact dangerously with certain foods, supplements, and other drugs? 

In this blog, we’ll share the dangerous prescription drug interactions you need to look out for, how to reduce your team’s reliance on medications, and, ultimately, how to reduce the cost of your benefits plan.

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How Can Employers Manage Depression in the Workplace?

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Aug 2, 2018 11:15:21 AM

"I'm feeling down."

"I feel bummed out"

"I'm depressed."

It can be pretty common to hear these kinds of statements. But clinical depression is not simple unhappiness. It's a complex mood disorder—and it's important to know the difference.

Continue reading to learn how to help employees who struggle with depression and mental health in the workplace.

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5 Practical Ways to Support Working Caregivers

Posted by Shelley Lai on Jul 19, 2018 9:46:33 AM

If you have employees who are caring for ill, elderly, or disabled family members, you know the toll it can take on them. Those balancing work and caregiving have to deal with distraction, worry, and overloaded schedules on a daily basis.

So how can you help your staff manage these challenges? How can you retain them as workers, while also supporting the rest of your team?

In this blog, we’ll discuss the unique demands that come with being a working caregiver, and what you can do to help.

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Keep ‘Em Happy: 4 Must-Have Work Benefits for Millennials

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Jun 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

For the first time ever, Canada's workforce encompasses five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s—and they tend to be misunderstood by other generations. They're assumed to be less committed and industrious than their predecessors.

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