At renewal time, should I shop out my plan for the best deal?

By Michele Mactaggart

The joys of renewal time; when the temptation to shop around for a new plan can be oh-so-alluring. But before you dive headfirst into the world of comparison shopping, let’s take a moment to consider why sticking to your current plan might actually be the smarter move. First things first, let’s talk stability. Switching benefits […]

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How can I lower my costs without reducing coverage for my employees?

By Michele Mactaggart

One of biggest challenges in finding a benefits plan for an SME is the concept of cost vs. functionality. No two people, let alone an entire workforce, are living the same life, facing the same challenges, or experiencing the same hardships at one time; so how can you as an employer get the most functionality […]

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Can Benefits Save my Employees a Trip to the Doctor During Working Hours?

By Michele Mactaggart

The short answer? YES! Over the years, we’ve established that the most competitive businesses rely on a healthy and happy workforce. Without competitive healthcare benefits, it’s harder to create a winning workplace where talent can thrive. After all, 78% of employees report that they’re more likely to stick around for the long haul if their employers offer […]

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Providing Sufficient Support for Infertility in the Workplace

By Michele Mactaggart

When facing a challenging personal or medical issue, it’s likely to affect a person’s life outside their… well, personal life; adequate support and accommodation is essential, and some days, it can feel somewhat impossible just to do the basics. 1 in 6 individuals struggle with infertility – a 100% increase since the 1980s. From this […]

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Asking the Right Questions: Employee Benefits Surveys + Template

By Michele Mactaggart

There’s a phrase I like that says, “if you don’t ask, you’ll never know,” which I think applies to most things in life, and your employees’ job satisfaction is no different. But we usually only hear answers to the questions we’re asking, and sometimes miss out on pertinent information. It may be time to ask […]

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Getting the Most out of Benefits Means Knowing What They Are

By Michele Mactaggart

What good is having something if you don’t know about it? Whether it’s because you don’t know it exists, or you simply don’t know how to use it, how do you know if you’re reaping the benefits? The same goes for employee benefits. You could offer the best, most comprehensive benefits to your staff, but […]

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GRSPs: Benefiting Everyone’s Future

By Michele Mactaggart

If you’re anything like me, you occasionally dream about what you’ll be doing after retirement. Floating on a yacht around the Spanish coast? Travelling the globe now that your kids have left the nest? It’s easy to dream big, but with the cost of living at an all time high, many feel the yacht may […]

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Holiday Giving: Benefits for All

By Michele Mactaggart

As our children eagerly count down the days until Santa’s arrival, thousands of charities across the country await donations and volunteering that will allow them to continue making a difference in their communities. According to Imagine Canada, over 40 percent of all annual donations happen the last eight weeks of the year. This year, the […]

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Mending Fractures in a Deteriorating Healthcare System

By Letter M

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link – but what if an entire country’s population depends on that chain – and what if every link in that chain is getting weaker every day? We know the Canadian healthcare system is collapsing. With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, overwhelming staffing shortages, and […]

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Financial Education: Small Benefit with Big Impacts

By Michele Mactaggart

Do you notice your shoulders tensing, your palms sweating, or your heart racing when thinking about your finances? Is there anything that occupies your mind so much of the time, you’d label it constant? Over 65% of Canadians report being stressed about money constantly. It’s not just you; that financial stress could be costing your business […]

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