Games employees play

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As employers look for new and innovative ways to engage employees in wellness and motivate employees to commit to healthy behaviours, while reducing their healthcare costs, gamification is becoming more and more prevalent.

To read more on this topic, please visit Kim Siddall’s latest Benefits Canada article here.

Before You Go – Travelling Out of Country

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It’s the time of year where many Canadians escape to warmer climates.  If you are thinking of planning a winter escape out of the country in the upcoming months, you should check with your workplace and/or benefits provider to confirm if you and your dependents have Emergency Out of Country Travel coverage.  Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you plan your trip:

Before you go: 

  • Make sure you have a valid passport for you, your spouse and your children, as well as any necessary visas you might require.  Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months after you return from your trip.

Aligning corporate culture to benefits strategy

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Employers look to their employee benefits plans as a means to many ends. However, the structure and content of a benefits plan can also be designed to reflect an organization’s corporate culture.

To read more on this topic, please visit Kim Siddall’s latest Benefits Canada article here.

AQ Speaks HR – Harassment in the Workplace

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Harassment – Ten Easy Steps to Prevention

A recent Free Press article headline came as an unpleasant shock to many readers. The startling headline read, “Hike in sexual harassment cases concerns rights agency”. The news article quoted Yvonne Peters, Human Rights Commission Acting Chairwoman when she stated, “…despite our 25 years or so of raising awareness, harassment continues to be an issue.”

What is harassment? Why is it occurring in workplaces? What steps must employers take to address harassment?

Harassment Defined

AQ Speaks HR – The Pain of Performance Review Season

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In many work places, managers and employees dread “Performance Review” season, like parents with school aged children dread cold and flu season! For several work places, December and January are common months when annual employee performance reviews must be completed.

Why it is that managers and employees both dread this important activity? What goes wrong? What can managers and employees do to make this activity less stressful and more effective?

Why Managers and Employees Dread Performance Reviews

A misunderstood process

A delicate balance: Disability management and privacy

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The rising costs of absenteeism and disability have compelled many organizations to put a new emphasis on actively managing disability claims in their organization.

To read more on this topic, please visit Kim Siddall’s latest Benefits Canada article here.

AQ Speaks HR – Collective Bargaining and Benefits

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31% of Canadian workers are represented by unions. In Manitoba, 36% of the workforce is union represented. Unions strive to improve wages, benefits, terms and conditions of employment as well as advocating for social and political change. Employers and unions negotiate binding collective agreements of lengths that typically vary from one to three years. These agreements establish the overall terms and conditions of employment. Health, medical, disability, life and retirement benefits are important and expensive components of most collective agreements.

Drug manufacturer coupons – helpful or harmful?

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For many years, companies have used coupons as a way to incent consumers to choose to buy their product over a competing brand.  From cereal to shampoo, companies distribute coupons to get consumers to buy their products.  Drug manufacturers also use this marketing technique, though in a slightly different way than a grocery coupon.

How drug coupons work

When a patient is diagnosed with, or is being medically managed for, a health condition that requires prescription drugs, often, there are a number of drugs that a physician can choose from in order to treat the condition.  Many brand name drugs have generic alternatives that are available that have the same effect in treatment, but cost significantly less than the brand name counterparts.

Cold & Flu Prevention

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The average adult gets three colds per year, each lasting an average of nine days.  It can be tricky to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season, but incorporating a few prevention habits into your routine can help get you through.

Wash your hands

This is the single most effective way to prevent illness.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Germs can grow on bar soap, so choose liquid soap in a pump if you can.  If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.