On the Rise People blog this year, we discussed the many aspects of a company culture that truly bring life to work. From expanding the definition of work flexibility to offering holistic health and wellness initiatives, there is much opportunity within an organization’s HR, payroll, and group benefits offerings to enable their people to bring their best selves to work.

Here’s a roundup of our top blog posts from 2019.

How a Purpose-Driven Workplace Impacts the Employee Experience

Work and life coexist to bring life to work that matters. In order for employers to elevate the employee experience, they must establish a meaningful work environment for their people. We discuss how organizations can empower a workforce that believes in and is motivated to fulfill their mission and vision.

The Impact of the People-Focused Workplace on Company Culture

To build a better workforce, you need to put your people first. At the root of a purpose-driven workforce is a people-focused workplace. Here’s what organizations can do to ensure their employees are positioned at the centre of their culture and the core of their company.

Holistic Health & Wellness Programs in the Workplace

While health and wellness benefits are nothing new, more employers are acknowledging that a healthy employee is one who has access to support services that take care of the full spectrum of wellbeing elements. We outline the key components of holistic corporate wellness, which include physical, mental, social, and financial wellness.

Implementing a Wellness Program in the Workplace: Tips for Success

Wellness initiatives drive benefits across all stakeholders of your organization. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when developing an implementation plan for a new workplace wellness program for your team.

Encouraging Employees to Make Healthy Eating Choices

This year, Canada’s Food Guide was significantly revised to reflect the radical shifts in food and nutrition recommendations for Canadians. Less prescriptive and more inclusive, the new guide focuses less on emphasizing food groups and serving sizes and focuses more on what, when, and how we eat. When applied to the workplace, there are many ways for employers to encourage their employees to make healthy decisions from food choices to eating habits.

Providing a Mental Health and Wellness Friendly Workplace

Unaddressed mental health concerns are a fast growing cause of absenteeism and presenteeism among employees. Early prevention is key for employers to provide support to their team members. By being proactive in establishing a safe, trusting, and engaged work environment, your people will be kept well, and thus, work well.

How to Handle Employee Burnout in the Workplace

In 2019, the World Health Organization recognized burnout as an occupational phenomenon. Here’s how organizations can address employee burnout and help their people successfully manage work-related stressors so that the feeling of being ‘burned out’ is prevented in the future.

Work Flexibility: Why Employers Should Support ‘Generation Flex’

85% of Canadian employees responded that they would choose a job that offered flexible work options over a job that did not. Due to today’s working conditions and the needs of people in the workforce, work flexibility is the new norm. Its adoption is a must for a thriving and evolving workplace.

Providing a Supportive Work Culture for Working Parents

Beyond the mandatory maternity and paternity benefits provided to your team members in the initial stages of parenting, does your organization continue to support your people once they make the transition back into the workforce? It’s a necessity for companies to cultivate a workplace culture that aids their employees in their new roles as working parents.

The Benefits of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

The impact of having a multicultural workforce is that by embracing the diverse skills and perspectives of your people, you are allowing each and every team member to feel a sense of belonging within your organization, which contributes and leads to business success. Here’s how your company can highlight cultural diversity in your workplace.

Why it Pays to Show Appreciation to Your Job Candidates

Business Insider sparked much debate in response to an article that supported the idea of receiving thank you letters from job candidates as a determining factor in hiring. Readers argued that using the thank you note as an entry to employment establishes unnecessary barriers. Instead, if companies want great hires for their company, it all comes down to showing appreciation towards candidates during the recruitment process.

How Gen Y & Gen Z are Redefining the Workplace

In opposition to the negative stereotypes associated with Gen Y and Gen Z employees, the New York Times asserts that “Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life”. Millennials and Gen Z are the first cohorts in the workforce to have a proper understanding of the role of work in life, and they are active agents in redefining the workplace as we know it. These generations will be shaping the world of work for the next decade, so organizations would do well to pay attention!

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