The mental health crisis in Canada affects more than 6.7 million Canadians — and by extension, their employers — paving the way for unhappy and unengaged Canadians. Poor employee mental health reduces innovation and productivity, creates less engaged workforces, and hurts the bottom line. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is only making all of this worse. […]
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many organizations cannot afford to have a team of Hum Resource professionals, lawyers or financial experts. Fortunately, there is a benefit that assists with exactly these problems – a Business Assistance Program (BAP).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate headlines as governments around the world encourage people to stay at home and to practice social and physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus and lessen the burden on healthcare systems. In a time where frequently leaving your house is not only actively discouraged, but could potentially be […]
For the last three years in a row, Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc. has published a list of predictions and trends to watch out for in the upcoming year. You can check out previous predictions for 2018, 2019, and 2020 and how close we called them (hint: pretty close). For 2021, here are 12 group […]
The majority of Canadian businesses are considered small- to medium-sized. In fact, 55% of Canadian companies have fewer than four employees, with 90% of exporting companies having fewer than 100 employees. It’s no secret that the global COVID-19 pandemic has hurt economies worldwide, and Canada is no exception. Small businesses — and arguably the Canadian […]
When everyone at Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc. transitioned to working remotely, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our social committee had a new challenge: how could they maintain the same social interaction and engagement remotely? After four months, we’re pleased to share some of the virtual team building activities we’ve done to keep employees engaged and […]
With the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial health ministers prioritized hospital space for coronavirus patients and canceled thousands of elective surgeries. These cancellations will result in an increase to already lengthy wait times for Canadians looking to see specialists. It is easy to think of Canada’s healthcare system as a single organism. Still, the truth is that […]
Only 8% of Canadian employers say that they’re fully prepared to reopen their workplaces when provincial governments lift COVID-19 restrictions. If your workplace isn’t among them, it may be time to begin thinking about your eventual return to work plan.
Business Relief Measures BEACON Digital Therapy General Questions Going Digital Layoffs Personal Protective Equipment Charges Resources Travel Business Relief Measures Businesses may have significantly reduced income during this time and struggle to pay their group insurance premiums. Is BBD prepared to extend the premium grace period and not impose claim suspension? We will extend our […]
Employees returning to work will need support from their employers in areas such as mental health (anxieties over COVID-19 aren’t disappearing overnight), workplace health and safety guidelines, online health options, and more.