HCSA: Benefit Flexibility = Happy Employees

By Victoria Miron Vranić

You try to do what’s best for everyone, but no one’s happy. You see it in their faces – the Boomers, Xs, and the dreaded Ys. There’s no formula that works and with the growing percentage of millennials in the workforce, maybe the right choice is keeping Ys happy. Is that even possible? Does this […]

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Make it Mean a Little More

By Victoria Miron Vranić

Get Personal This Yearend Have you noticed all of the holiday decorations around your neighbourhood? What about the festive backgrounds on virtual meetings? People are looking for some joy and are trying to make the best of the ongoing situation. But don’t be a downer this yearend. Plan a little something for your hardworking employees […]

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The Financial Literacy Imperative of 2020

By Victoria Miron Vranić

November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Current circumstances have contributed to a heightened insecurity about business and personal finance. So, we thought it was appropriate to talk about what financial literacy means during unstable times and consider the elements needed for financial wellness. In the June 2020 article in Benefits Canada, Kelsey Rolfe reported that employees were […]

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Membership has SME Benefits

By Victoria Miron Vranić

The road is still rocky, but we’re getting back to business. Shopping local right now could be the difference between businesses staying afloat or going under. As we carefully begin the climb back up the profit-margin ladder, it’s good to know that we have the support of our communities and local, provincial and federal governments that […]

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Embrace Uncertainty

By Victoria Miron Vranić

How entrepreneurial thinking might outwit coronavirus Are entrepreneurs better equipped to manage the uncertainty of COVID-19? Is being able to navigate the unknown a factor in resiliency, or simply a necessary evil of business independence? It’s impossible to know the answer to these questions right now, but historically, philosophers believed that embracing uncertainty had its own […]

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Company Culture = Future Resilience

By Victoria Miron Vranić

“Culture matters because it has a direct effect on people factors such as employee engagement and motivation; and productivity factors such as product and customer service quality. Basically, organizational culture has a direct impact on the long-term viability of the organization.” That’s according to Allan M. Stewart, President of Human Synergistics Canada. But in the last five months, few small […]

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Stress-Less Tips for Returning Employees to the Workplace

By Victoria Miron Vranić

It’s finally happening. The moment small business owners across Ontario have been waiting for: Stage 3. While all of us aren’t there yet, we’ve been preparing for the transition to reopening since we first went into isolation. Things will be different when we return to our daily routines. Not everyone will be coming back into […]

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Flexibility has its Benefits

By Victoria Miron Vranić

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 […]

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Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

By Victoria Miron Vranić

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 […]

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Benefit Plans – Lifelines for Employees and Employers

By Victoria Miron Vranić

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 […]

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