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  1. Wellness in the workplace: Empty hype or important trend?

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    Wellness in the workplace

    Over the past decade wellness in the workplace has been gaining more attention. Why is that? Consider this:

    • Employees spend 2/3 of their awake time at work.
    • The workplace has the greatest impact on health and health-related behaviours.
    • Health affects how an employee does their job and consequently affects productivity.
    • The workplace offers an excellent opportunity to promote health given all of the above.

    With that in mind, it’s no wonder wellness is on the minds of so many managers and employees.

    Wellness in the workplace: The Benefits

    Let’s dig a little deeper into why an employer should promote a healthier workplace.

    $aves money – By investing in your employee wellness at work, you will reduce absenteeism, reap health benefits in your benefits plan, have fewer employee accidents and injuries, and improve the productivity of your organization. This all translates into an improved bottom line.

    Improves workplace culture – Healthier employees have improved morale, present a better corporate image, enhance recruiting abilities, have better labour relationships, and improve employee satisfaction as a whole.

    For employees, a healthier workplace has one very significant impact: employees are happier. Happier employees feel better, have a reduced risk of chronic diseases, are better able to make the necessary changes to improve their personal health, have reduced healthcare expenses, and derive more job satisfaction. These benefits all impact an employer’s bottom line.

    So, with all this evidence supporting why wellness is beneficial for both the employer and the employee, why aren’t all organizations eagerly implementing a wellness initiative? Is it the changing workforce dynamic and its demands that are distracting us from this important focus? Work has changed so much in recent years, with regards to how we work and where we work… could this be complicating any wellness solutions? Or is it that we’re just not adapting quickly enough and haven’t yet changed our mindsets to fully embrace broadening our work perspective in order to do what we need to do to help our employees? In today’s fast-paced, competitive world, it appears that doing nothing is no longer an option when it comes to managing the health of our employees in the workplace.

    Wellness in the workplace: How to get started

    To help get you started, we have summarized a few quick and easy wellness initiatives that we have seen our clients implement. They cost you nothing but the time and focus to get them started. Maybe this will help you start your own Wellness Program or at least spark the flow of ideas:

    1. Start a walking group at lunch.
    2. Food at meetings: put out a bowl of apples as a snack, rather than unhealthy options.
    3. Create a health committee to help promote the education of healthy living in your workplace; you may be surprised what employees come up with!
    4. For employees who are offsite or work from home, do a stop-drop-and-exercise email blast to engage those employees who are not physically with the rest of the organization. Have them participate and communicate back to you what they did to partake.
    5. Start a FaceTime walking group, so that all employees can partake in the walk regardless of where they work.
    6. If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), tap into this amazing resource and do a regular lunch with your employees to educate them on subjects that are and will be of interest to them.
    7. Bring in guest speakers to address different health issues. A nutritionist to talk about healthy eating choices on the run; a chiropractor to talk about stretching and the importance of doing so for good health; or implement a smoke cessation program, available at 1-877-513-5333 or https://www.smokershelpline.ca/. Smokers’ Helpline offers a free and personalized tool to help employees to quit smoking.

    Whatever you decide to implement, research shows that doing nothing will cost your organization money, and doing something will most certainly pay your organization dividends.

    For more information on how to develop your employee wellness next steps or to discuss benefits in general, please call Rosemary Marsh at 905-777-9990, ext. 202, or email her at rmarsh@bisinc.caat rmarsh@bisinc.ca. Our expertise is your advantage!

  2. 7 employee benefits that aren’t insurance benefits

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    7 employee benefits that aren’t insurance benefits

    These are changing times. With many employers facing challenges finding and hiring employees, it’s interesting to take a look at the creative tools some of our clients have used to find and keep their new hires. Certainly, insurance benefits are one recruiting tool, but there are many employee benefits that aren’t insurance benefits that are appealing to new prospects.

    The new hiring process

    More employers are hiring employment agencies who specialize in maneuvering online social media platforms and finding the right candidates, before those candidates even apply; social media allows recruiters to find a perfect candidate the first time they recommend a new hire. But once that perfect fit is found, how best to keep them?

    While we often talk about how traditional insurance benefits can be an amazing tool to do just this, there are also other ways to promote employee engagement and a great work environment. So, consider the following benefits — that aren’t benefits — as innovate approaches to improving your work culture.

    Unplug room: Create a place for your employees to relax, rest their eyes, and rejuvenate during the workday. Promote it as a 5-minute time out to refresh.

    Travelling massage therapist: Hire a massage therapist in your workplace to offer staff neck and shoulder massages. It will ease their tension and set you apart. Employees want to work for employers who care.

    EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs): EAPs are more popular now than they ever were. They’ve evolved to offer online and phone fitness training tools for your employees to tap into, promoting healthy living in a way that’s easy to use and helpful. Check with your EAP provider to see if this is offered.

    Virtual doctors: Some providers are embedding this new benefit into their platform. For employees managing a busy life and in need of a medical consult, doctors accessible via video call or phone are a big win. Employers wins too; issues are addressed quickly and efficiently with less time needed away from work.

    A potluck lunch: Bringing your team together through the sharing of food is always a good idea. A greater sense of community can encourage a higher level of engagement, promote a happier environment, and improve employee tenure.

    Take your dog to work day: Dogs are man’s best friend, and your employees with dogs think so too. By allowing them to bring their well-trained dog to work for a day, they get to connect with other employees in a way they may never have before, provided there are no allergy issues to consider. Remember: more engagement means more tenure. Dogs are also known to relieve stress, so there is a dual benefit in promoting dogs in the workplace.

    Lunch and meditation hour: With computers and cell phones so prominent, the need to unplug and turn off our minds has never been more desired. Hire a meditation specialist or use an online meditation tool. You just need a quiet room and someone to organize the event. Turning off our minds is becoming a necessary exercise that will promote calmness and improve creativity and health.

    With the speed of life moving so fast and things changing just as quickly, the need to evolve our ideas surrounding work environments is crucial. It is often said that the more you give, the more you get. Give one or more of these ideas a try and you and your employees are sure to reap more benefits than you never expected.

    If you would like to learn more about the group benefits we offer and what we can do for our clients, please contact Steve Marsh at 905-777-9990, ext. 200, or via email at smarsh@bisinc.ca. Our expertise is your advantage!

  3. Don’t have time to manage your benefits? Too busy doing other, more important things? Does it really matter to your bottom line?

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    We are living and working in fast times. With the technological revolution, it is no surprise that we often hear clients say that they just don’t have time to manage their benefits the way they would like to. Yet consider that group benefits cost an employer, on average, $3,500 per employee per year. With inflation this number is fast approaching $4,000 per employee per year, so maybe the question should be: How much are benefits affecting your bottom line?

    The real issue is how to find the time. This is where a trusted advisor can assist your organization. Someone who understands the group insurance business from the insurance carrier side, inside and out, and who can do the leg work that is required to ensure your plan is well designed, managed and negotiated, is key. Find a broker who will spend the time to analyze your group plan and understand your corporate culture and who is willing to invest the time needed to create the best group benefit solution for you and your employees.

    A seasoned group insurance advisor should understand how the insurance carrier/ industry and benefits work and be able to educate you and your employees by simplifying the information in written form, in person or via a multi-media format. We call this cutting through the benefit noise. Understanding group insurance doesn’t have to be complicated as long as a broker you trust is advocating for you and keeping watch over your numerous priorities in order to protect the interests of your organization.

    If you’d like to learn more about what we do for our clients and the creative ideas we implement to protect their plans, please contact Steve Marsh at smarsh@bisinc.ca or 905-777-9990, ext. 200.



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