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Why it's time to stop ignoring workplace wellness

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Workplace Wellness in Canada is having a moment.

Staffing firm, Robert Half just released a report of their survey that looked at the popularity of wellness benefits among employers and staff. Findings of this report suggest that "more than half of Canadian employers cover some wellness program costs." And, "by 2020, 71 per cent of organizations will offer various incentives as well as staff bonuses. The incentives are expected to include bonuses, profit-sharing, and spot awards.”

"More and more companies are focused on all aspects of well-being in their recruitment and retention efforts," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "Offering benefits like health insurance is just one piece of the puzzle. Resources like stress management and retirement planning seminars help workers balance professional and personal priorities." 

This comes in the wake of the fact that "Canadian employers are facing serious workforce challenges - from rising absence rates to meeting individual needs while facilitating access to the right care. How do you overcome these challenges and ensure you are targeting the right issues to obtain meaningful impact?" asks Leigh-Ann Ing, Mercer's Principal in the Health business.

Join us to hear from Leigh-Ann Ing on Oct. 23, to learn of the organizational consequences of poor employee health and the latest trends in workplace health innovation. We will explore how a total health management approach can help your organization find success to employee health and wellbeing.

In the meantime, what can you do for mental health in 3 minutes?

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month - and a great time to support a healthy, high-performing team!

CivicAction makes it easy to take your first or next step with its free, confidential MindsMatter workplace mental health assessment.

In just 3 minutes, MindsMatter provides a tailored, three-point action plan with resources to better support your people’s mental health.

Join more than 1,100 organizations from across Canada that have taken MindsMatter, and get started today at!

Watch for stories throughout October from leading employers on how they're making #MindsMatter at



The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

The health and well-being of employees is a business imperative today.

A properly implemented wellness strategy can help you to achieve a competitive advantage, contain escalating healthcare costs and deliver the resiliency to meet work and family demands.

Leigh-Ann Ing, Principal in the Health business in Mercer's Toronto office, has developed health and wellness strategies for clients with populations ranging from 100 to more than 60,000 lives. Ing has applied her relationship management skills, with teams that include various healthcare professionals, in transforming organizations' approach to managing health from a treatment model to a prevention model.

In this session, see what wellbeing approaches and "best practices" are being implemented by Canadian organizations, and how you can implement one yourself.

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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

"Sustainable employability is an initiative that combines elements of engagement, career development, talent management, wellness and career transition. The goal is to ensure that employees are not only healthy, engaged and productive, but also prepared to adjust to future disruptions that may require them to take on entirely new roles within the company, or perhaps leave to find a new job." Read more about it here!

Join Kim Spurgeon, senior vice president of sales at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, to learn about the importance of sustainable employment in today’s economy. The session will include sharing of best practices and practical ideas you can take back to your workplaces.

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Over the past 40 years, SCNetwork’s leadership and community are what stand out most for our members. If you’re part of the CHRO Peer Forum, you can participate in SCNetwork events, and encourage your HR staff to join in, too.

With your CHRO Peer Forum membership, you can:

  • Volunteer from time to time on SCNetwork events, committees or its Board of Directors
  • Offer topic ideas and speaker suggestions for our monthly events, and even volunteer to present on a topic
  • Be interviewed on matters for inclusion in SCNetwork’s newsletters and blogs, and
  • Offer up ideas you may have to enhance our member value proposition or build SCNetwork’s brand, presence and impact.

Membership of the CHRO Peer Forum costs $1,500, annually. But wait, $225 of this annual fee covers the CHRO’s individual SCNetwork membership fee! Find out more here!

For the CHRO Peer Forum, contact: Suanne Nielsen, President, SCNetwork at

For the HR Leaders in Transition (HRLT), contact: Caroline MacPhail

Our sponsor, Optimum Talent, generously donates space for HRLT meetings.

Keep watching this space for more about our peer networks!



The future of work provides real opportunities for CHROs

But first, "are we prepared for the workplace employee and labour relations implications of the dissatisfaction and disengagement that will result from rapid job change and the loss of meaningful work? What role should we play in preparing individuals for this level of change? Is it feasible for organizations to take on the responsibility of retraining individuals in lower-paying jobs where a high proportion of tasks are being automated?" - Brian Daly

Read more here...



Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what attendees are saying about the HRPS Strategic Forum:


NOTE: HRPS is SCNetwork's sister organization in the US.


by Colleen Clarke

Welcome an outsider to your group

When you are involved in a conversation with a small group and you see someone hovering on the outskirts of the group, or standing alone near by, take the initiative to bring them into the discussion. Offer your name first and then ask for theirs, then introduce them around.



To celebrate October's wellness theme, we dug into our archives to find what Bill Schiemann, CEO of Metrus Group, said about the ways to connect work, home, and life in a fulfilling way. “What if we started looking at the life of our employees and looked at their whole life and how that intersects with the organization,” he said. Here are some critical insights from his talk at SCNetwork back in 2017.

SCNetwork Past Event Presentations and Webcast Videos

August 13, 2019
Mental Health from the Bottom Up: Leveraging What You've Got for Change
Rensia Melles. M.A. and Ron Sparrow M.S.W., R.S.W
July 17, 2019
Blockchain: Its Business & HR Implications
Joseph Kim and Bryan Addeman, IBM
June 18, 2019
Building the HR Brand: The Unique Value Proposition of HR and Marketing
Dr. David S. Weiss, ICD.D, President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd.
May 22, 2019
Administering CPR: Keeping The Employee Voice Alive
Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango
Apr 29, 2019
Breaking the News: Be the First to Know About Deloitte's 2019 Human Capital Trends
Jodi Baker Calamai,Partner, Deloitte
Mar 20, 2019
Create a Mobile, Flexible Workplace to Attract and Retain Millennials & Gen Zs
Giselle Kovary, President, n-gen People Performance Inc. Dr. Laura Hambley, President, Work EvOHlution
Feb 12, 2019
What Do Culture Dynamics Have To Do With Business Metrics?
ABrett Richards, PhD, President, Connective Intelligence Inc. & Azam Bhaloo, President, The Foray Group
Jan 22, 2019
CEO Spotlight on Bryan Pearson, LoyaltyOne
Bryan Pearson, President and CEO, LoyaltyOne at Alliance Data
Dec 12, 2018
Create Your Own Magic: The Power of Human Connection
Brady Wilson Co-founder of Juice Inc., Author, Thought Leader and Presenter



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