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Our Top Takeaways for Small Business from the 2018 Sanofi Canada Survey

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Jun 2018

Our Top Takeaways for Small Business from the 2018 Sanofi Canada Survey

Once per year, us benefit consultants are excited to receive the news from the Sanofi Canada Benefits Survey! We love it because it gives us the crucial information we need to make better informed decisions for our clients. Now understandably, a small business owner like you might not have the time to go through the 36-page report, so instead, we’ve distilled some of the critical...

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What Proposed Universal Pharmacare and Dental Mean For Small Business

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Jun 2018

What Proposed Universal Pharmacare and Dental Mean For Small Business

One of the hot topics of this upcoming provincial election is the inclusion of a Universal Pharmacare and/or Universal Dental Plan plan for all Ontario residents. Many small business owners and employees with private plans may be wondering, “how this will affect me and my business?” Well to put it simply, you may see the cost of already expensive drug and dental costs go down....

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One Way to Make Tax Time Less Taxing for You and Your Employees

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May 2018

One Way to Make Tax Time Less Taxing for You and Your Employees

With the tax deadline a month us now, many of us have either had a happy, sad, or surprising time (or a combination of all three). If you’re a business owner, there’s one benefit you can offer to help employees come tax time. It’s a great way to set your benefit offerings apart from your competitors. A GRSP (or a Group Retirement Savings Plan) helps...

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Reframing Your Brain to Stay Healthy During #MayHealth

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May 2018

Reframing Your Brain to Stay Healthy During #MayHealth

Healthy living isn’t always easy living, but it’s worth it. Though, healthy living doesn’t need to be as challenging as some make it out to be. Sometimes all that’s needed is a simple reframe to make health challenges all the more possible. If you have an office looking to shake of the winter dust and spring into a healthier Summer, the #mayhealth challenge in Guelph...

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Four Scientifically Proven Ways To Make Your Work Life Easier and More Productive

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Apr 2018

Four Scientifically Proven Ways To Make Your Work Life Easier and More Productive

Those Spring colours and warm weather are sure to bring a boost of positivity and focus to the workplace. But how can we step it up a notch? It’s important not to get too focused on productivity or grinding out your days for maximum output.  But those who create happy states of mind for themselves are also more likely to have a happier, and therefore,...

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What Canada’s Proposed National Drug Plan Would Mean for Small Business

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Mar 2018

What Canada’s Proposed National Drug Plan Would Mean for Small Business

You may have heard news of the new 2018 Federal Budget which has implemented some changes for small businesses. The federal government has put heavy emphasis on creating a new plan that will lower some taxes for small businesses as well as encourage more equitable treatment for women, both as employees and business owners. From a small business benefits perspective, we were interested to see...

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Benefits Are the Best Way to Attract New Employees, But What Comes Next?

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Mar 2018

Benefits Are the Best Way to Attract New Employees, But What Comes Next?

We all love those little extras in life. An amazing salary and benefits is great, but these days, it’s not enough to attract the most talented future employees. Compensation is always the top consideration of employees when looking for a new job. A 2011 Sanofi Survey found over half of employees would keep benefits over a $10,000 pay raise. But let’s say you already offer...

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How to Make Employees Fall in Love With Their Work

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Feb 2018

How to Make Employees Fall in Love With Their Work

Okay, right off the top, just like regular relationships, you can’t force your employees to fall in love with you. That’s a one-way ticket to a painful break up. However, building a strong working relationship isn’t all that different from building a romantic one… with some very obvious exceptions. Here’s some steps you can take to build stronger relationships with your employees so they can...

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5 Ways To Cut Employee Costs Without Cutting Benefits

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Feb 2018

5 Ways To Cut Employee Costs Without Cutting Benefits

With the minimum wage increase last month, some businesses were getting a lot of flack for cutting certain benefits from their payroll. Pay increases may end up costing small businesses more money than increasing benefits. However, it’s important not to get to hasty with benefit cuts as negative push back from employees and stakeholders could end up costing you morale and productivity. So before you...

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How to Prevent Winter Blues in the Workplace

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Jan 2018

How to Prevent Winter Blues in the Workplace

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 4-6% of Canadians in their lifetime, but another 15% experience a milder form of SAD. SAD is a type of depression which is related to the changes in seasons. Mayo Clinic says some of the “signs and symptoms may include: Having low energy, having problems with sleeping, having difficulty concentrating, feeling sluggish or agitated, feeling depressed most of the day...

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