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Flexibility has its Benefits

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Jun 2020

Flexibility has its Benefits

Management didn’t want it. The job function wasn’t a match. Technology needed to support it, unavailable. And productivity would suffer, without a doubt. Put a big red X through flexible working arrangements and file it in the round bin. Yet less than two years after the Conference Board of Canada survey found the previously mentioned roadblocks to flexible working options, we’re all doing it, all...

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Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

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May 2020

Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

Simple tips to keeping your small business data digitally secure in remote environments Working from home started out as a short-term fix to comply with the Ontario government’s physical distancing laws. Unsure of how long the new rules would be in place, many employees packed up their personal belongings, their laptop computers if they had them, and headed home. As the weeks stretch into months,...

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Benefit Plans – Lifelines for Employees and Employers

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Apr 2020

Benefit Plans – Lifelines for Employees and Employers

Right now, we need to pull together and support one another, yet we find ourselves working remotely or facing decisions as to whom to keep on staff and whom to lay off. At a time like this, the way you respond as a leader will set the tone for how your company will weather the crisis, and what the organization will look like on the...

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There is Help and Hope for Small Business

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Mar 2020

There is Help and Hope for Small Business

The outlook for small business seems bleak right now. The implementation of self-isolation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 started affecting businesses with fewer customers in our stores or clients in our chairs. With the resolution last week to close all businesses except for essential services, the tough situation got exponentially worse. Small businesses—in fact all businesses—are facing some of the toughest...

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Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

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Mar 2020

Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

The workplace is undergoing major changes right now. Staff, especially in smaller businesses, may be feeling insecure. When toilet paper becomes the hottest commodity in the marketplace, you know something’s just not right. Staying a metre away from colleagues and customers, working from home, self-isolation, and staycations pretty much sums up life in Ontario now, and for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to see how...

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Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

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Feb 2020

Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

When talking about stability as it relates to business finance, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a situation in which prices or rates do not change much.” From raw materials to employee benefit rates, managing and controlling expenses is important to maintain financial stability and viability, especially to small business owners. But there is another meaningful stability owners may overlook, one that can affect the...

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Let’s Talk Affordable Wellbeing Programs and ROI

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Jan 2020

Let’s Talk Affordable Wellbeing Programs and ROI

Welcome to January! It’s a time of renewed business and personal goals after what was, hopefully, a restful holiday. But the weather has been terrible, and everyone seems to have the flu. The days are short and dark, and the added injury—holiday bills have started to arrive. It’s not surprising that well-intentioned resolutions fail in the first half of January. With the endless stretch before...

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Dec 2019

Crisis Averted – Insurance That Can Save Your Business

It’s nearing the end of December, and many small business owners are preparing for year end, and the year ahead. They will take stock of which strategies succeeded or failed and adjust accordingly to grow their companies and increase productivity. Although no one can anticipate what will happen in the next fiscal period, smart business owners prepare contingencies to ensure the viability of their companies...

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There’s An App For That: How Technology Could Be Failing Your HR Strategy

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Nov 2019

There’s An App For That: How Technology Could Be Failing Your HR Strategy

Depending on the size of your business, you may rely on data from your HR department to let you know how you’re doing in terms of employee costs, and those dreaded losses from absenteeism. In the smallest of businesses, employers are tracking HR analytics—even if it’s as simple as a conversation at the water cooler. “Where’s Pat?” “Out sick, again. Second time this week.” You...

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The Future of Employee Health is Virtual – Don’t Miss the Connection

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Oct 2019

The Future of Employee Health is Virtual – Don’t Miss the Connection

In the ongoing exploration of employee productivity and retention, we continue to investigate the connection that wellness and benefits play in providing the greatest ROI to employers. In the face of compelling statistics, many companies are learning that the choice of providing robust benefit packages really isn’t much of a choice at all. In 2016, the Sunlife Canada Health Index showed that 84 per cent...

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