Value Over Cost – How to Positively Approach Benefit Renewals

By Michele Mactaggart

When it comes to employee group benefits, the whole administrative process can be daunting – what makes it worse? When you go to renew, and the cost has spiked. What’s that all about? Group benefit costs in Canada are forecasted to rise 7 per cent in 2022. A combination of higher costs for prescription drugs, […]

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Going Against the Grain – Staffing up during COVID

By Michele Mactaggart

Few small businesses moved through the pandemic without experiencing monumental change. For one company, the “pandemic pivot” didn’t mean retreating but instead providing full-time jobs with benefits. Two years ago (almost to the day), when panic and uncertainty prevailed, businesses of all sizes across the country were forced to make some difficult decisions. Finances were […]

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Small business and charities share many benefits

By Michele Mactaggart

Do you know a small business owner? Have a local grocer you absolutely love? Maybe it’s that new independently owned coffee shop down the street that makes your morning routine a little brighter. I’ve had the privilege to get to know the leaders of many small organizations and they are among the most passionate and […]

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Roadmap to Re-Opening the Office – What Should Your New Normal Look Like?

By Michele Mactaggart

We’ve been saying it for over 18 months – “new normal” – a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s evidently our current reality. Employers are facing new challenges and opportunities, all the while learning that our employees can make a lasting impact within our organizations from their kitchen tables. The work is getting done even if we’re not all together. However, as we move […]

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Employee Assistance Programs are More Essential than Ever

By Michele Mactaggart

Springtime triggers extended health benefit plan renewals for many of our clients. It is always a busy but favourite time of year for us at Bensol – an opportunity to meet with our customers to catch up and explore how their benefit needs may have changed as we look to the year ahead. Sadly, this […]

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Know the Value of Employee Benefits Plans

By Michele Mactaggart

You’re considering investing significant time and money into setting up an employee benefits plan. It may be money earmarked for something else, but you want to show your support for staff and their families without increasing hourly wages or salaries. According to Tom Milne, a Benefits Canada expert, “Employee benefits plans are often one of […]

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The Blue Elephant In The Room

By Victoria Miron Vranić

How are you really feeling? It’s okay not to be okay. Take care of your own mental health. We’re asked this question or hear these statements nearly every day. It seems engrained in us to check in on others to see how they’re doing and to remain invested in societal mental health. Yet recently, an […]

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Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey

By Victoria Miron Vranić

The future of health benefit plans Sanofi Canada established its premiere survey of private health benefit plans in this country almost 25 years ago. The information compiled in its annual online survey helps companies build benefit plans for employees and employers to protect the health of their workforces and improve productivity. We thought sharing some […]

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Support Pawsitive Pet Effects for Employees

By Victoria Miron Vranić

Welcome to February, a month of love and companionship. The stay-at-home order seems to be working, meaning we were all looking out for each other by keeping our distance. Things are looking up as we reopen businesses and wait for our vaccinations. The new year didn’t start off as hoped and that may have led […]

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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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