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  1. 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 Our expertise is your advantage!

  2. 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 or 905-777-9990, ext. 200.


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