Ontario’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Reopening Non-essential Businesses

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As Ontario continues to allow more non-essential businesses to reopen as part of its COVID-19 framework for reopening the province, it’s important to stay in the know on how your organization is affected and what guidelines you should follow to remain legally compliant. THE THREE PHASE RECOVERY PLAN Ontario’s COVID-19 framework for reopening the province is composed of three phases. …


Designing a Post-Coronavirus Office

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of the current workplace, and soon, employers should begin planning for what their post-coronavirus office will look like. Previously, social distancing and COVID-19-related best practices hadn’t been a topic on the mind of most employers or employees. By updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviours and expanding remote work options, employers can help prevent …

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Engaging Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused unprecedented changes for many industries. As social distancing is encouraged and some provinces issue stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for all non-essential employees, many employers are asking their employees to work from home. For some employees, working from home is business as usual. For others, this may be the first time they’ve telecommuted. …


What Can Businesses Do During COVID-19?

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By Anthea Mumby   I shot this video a few days ago. Borrowing a lesson from the geese, I decided to write this post to help business owners who are worried about the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. Watch the video on Youtube   Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful to you. Utilize organizations like the …

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What does bullying in the workplace look like?

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Bullying can be a real problem for adults in the workforce and may refer to many different types of negative behaviours. Bullying is defined as verbal comments or acts that could mentally or physically hurt or isolate a person. Typically, bullying is a pattern of behaviour that aims to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of …

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News Brief: Ontario to Reward Safe Employees

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In an effort to improve the health and safety of Ontario businesses, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced the Health and Safety Excellence program. The program provides a guide for helping organizations improve their workplace health and safety while earning rebates and recognition along the way. Completing the Health and Safety Excellence program also makes organizations eligible for …

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What You Need to Know About Financial Stress in the Workplace

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Financial stress can be a significant contributor to reduced productivity in the workplace, and it continues to be a prevalent concern for many Canadians. In fact, financial stress is ranked as the No. 1 source of stress for Canadians, according to the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). In addition, 43 per cent of workers reported being so financially stressed that their …

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Cyber Threats to Canadian Businesses in 2019

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Recently, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security published its National Cyber Threat Assessment to detail its analysis of current cyber threats to Canada and Canadians. Part of this assessment examines the biggest cyber threats to Canadian businesses in 2019. These threats can lead to financial losses, damages to the organization’s reputation, loss of productivity, theft of intellectual property and disruptions …

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Helping Team Members to Step Outside Their Comfort Zones

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From Anthea’s Desk As a business owner, I am quite comfortable with discomfort. I look at discomfort as an opportunity to growth. Whether it is assessing new technology, a different strategy for customer service, changing our hiring practices, or anything else that takes place to advance my business, discomfort is the norm. I use the term ‘riding the waves’ as …

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Considerations for Offering Telecommuting as a Scheduling Option

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Telecommuting offers organizations the opportunity to reduce commuting costs, promote improved work-life balance and increase the pool of qualified job candidates. Many employers are offering telecommuting—the ability to work remotely from home or another location—as a way to reduce commuting costs, promote work-life balance and increase the pool of qualified job candidates. This trend emerged in the 1990s as personal …