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Can I Please See the Bill? Understanding Broker Commissions

February 16, 2018

Imagine, as a business owner, you’re meeting a consultant for the first time. At this meeting you make friendly chit chat about the weather, your kids’ most recent hockey games or your weekend plans before getting down to business. A proposal is discussed, a plan is put in place, and then you shake hands and part ways.

Sound familiar? Probably, but there’s one major discussion point missing from this picture — and that’s the important part that revolves around cost. How much is this consultant charging to provide his or her services? Few people order off a menu in a restaurant without at least glancing at the cost, fewer people still buy a car or a house without care or…

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Legalization of Marijuana and the Workplace

February 16, 2018

July 1, 2018 is the date that recreational marijuana will become legal across Canada. At one point this may have seemed so far away, but we are now in 2018 and only four months away.

The obligation to accommodate the use of medical marijuana arises under the Ontario Human Rights Code, which protects individuals in the workplace from discrimination on the basis of disability. As with other types of prescription medication, this includes accommodating a disabled employee’s prescribed medical marijuana use. This obligation does not extend to employees who use marijuana for recreational purposes.

An employer’s duty to accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana must be considered alongside to its obligation to maintain a safe workplace under Occupational Health and…

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Inside the Mind of a Recruiter

February 16, 2018

What are your top three recommendations to have a great job application?

Taking the time to tailor your resume to match as much of the job description as possible. Many applicants tend to send out many resumes without properly reviewing the job details. In a market where jobs are in demand, candidates will make the mistake of applying to as many roles as possible without proper consideration of the duties and must haves. If you take the time to revise the resume to reflect as much as the requirements as possible, the response rate will increase.

An effective cover letter goes a long way. When applicants apply directly to a job posting, they don’t have the luxury of a recruiting consultant…

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Modified Alternative Workplace Model

January 16, 2018

We find our clients want to explore more open and collaborative work environments.

For example, the Alternative Workplace (“AWP”) model. AWP is characterized by mostly open concept and an abundance of common areas commonly referred to as collaboration spaces. One of the cornerstones of AWP is that the traditional 1:1 ratio of office space to employees is closer to 1:1.3 or in some cases, ratios as aggressive as 1:2.

In short, employees show up at work and are assigned an available workstation. Typically, the employee is provided with a secure fi le cabinet or pedestal on casters for their personal work fi les that can be taken to their assigned workstation for that day. Since not all employees spend the entire day…

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When Do Your Employees Have Time to Exercise?

January 16, 2018

Wellness benefits in the workplace means much more than simply ‘checking off that box.’ Wellness in the workplace means introducing employee benefits programs that truly increase health, mental wellbeing, engagement and morale.

One effective initiative is to give employees time for weekday workouts. Yet, this concept is frequently overlooked and pushed aside in favour of deadlines, important meetings and a general sense of too much work in too few hours.

Here at Thorpe Benefits, we don’t believe that deadlines and workloads trump employee wellness programs. Two years ago, we introduced Tracksuit Tuesday. We did so to support exercise and wellness in the workplace but Tracksuit Tuesday is so much more than that.  Because we’re not just promoting a 30-minute…

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Do You Add Telemedicine Services to Your Employee Benefit Plan?

January 16, 2018

Virtual medical services are gaining traction in Canada leading to questions as to whether such services should be considered as an additional perk in employee benefits packages.

These services, also known as telemedicine, are the latest trend in healthcare offerings and allow patients to connect with nurses and family doctors across the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Practitioners can complete a consultation, make a diagnosis, write a prescription (where appropriate) and email it to the patient’s pharmacy of choice (and if that pharmacy provides home delivery then the medication is delivered directly to the patient’s door). Doctors will only consult on a list of common ailments — such as earaches, pinkeye and urinary tract infections…

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When should you shop your rates?

December 11, 2017

Shopping around to find the best price is what most of us do every day. Whether we’re buying groceries for the family or buying a new car, our budget-conscious selves are almost always looking for the best value for our money.

But when it comes to your employee group benefits plan, is shopping your rates the most effective way to pay less?

The answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no. Shopping your plan has its advantages, but only if you do so for the right reasons. Changing carriers is a labour-intensive process and an administrative burden, so it’s only advantageous when it’s done at the right time.

Review renewal offer carefully

Before considering switching carriers, review your current benefits plan and renewal offer…

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Addressing Harassment in the Workplace

December 11, 2017

We live in a time where “company culture” is a factor millennials weigh heavily when ultimately deciding between company A and company B. In light of recent events, stumbling upon the topic of sexual harassment doesn’t fall too far from the topic of workplace culture. Is it happening here? Where? Is something being done about it?

The rippling effect of the Ghomeshi case and Weinstein allegations, has drawn the attention of millions towards the magnitude of a long, ongoing problem. As people look for answers, the Canadian Federal Government has introduced legislation that aims to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, Bill C-65.

What is Bill C-65?

This legislation is drawn from Bill 132, The Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act,…

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Holiday Season “Slow Down”

December 11, 2017

It is conventional wisdom that the job market slows down in the summer and December holiday season.  But like most conventional wisdom, be careful who you listen to!

It may be true that actual hiring decisions and offers slow down, as decision makers are away, often at different times.  But the activity around a job search – specifically, meeting and networking – does not have to slow down, and may in fact get easier.

Those people who are working through the holidays likely have fewer of their regularly-scheduled meetings happening.  With colleagues away, there are less demands on their time.  So they might just be in the mood for a relaxed conversation!  How will you know if you don’t ask?

So now…

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Tell Me What You Really Think! An Honest Reference, Even if Negative, is Not Defamation

December 11, 2017

A prudent employer will use a reference check as a key component to any job competition process.  Unfortunately, an employer often receives unhelpful or misleading information as a result of the referee`s fear of being sued for providing a negative reference.

However, as two recent decisions from Ontario’s Superior Court have shown, a former employer will not be liable for a negative reference if the content is true and made without malice.

In Papp v Stokes, 2017 ONSC 2357, after interviewing Adam Papp, the Yukon government called Ernest Stokes, Papp’s former employer, for a reference.  Stokes said Papp was let go because “he was not needed anymore and had a performance and attitude issue”.  Stokes also said there was “no way”…

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“It’s Not My Job”: The Ultimate Career Killer

November 15, 2017

The “it’s not my job:  attitude can be so prevalent in the workplace. It isn’t the mindset of a team player. It’s simply the mindset of someone who is doing the minimum required of them to collect a paycheck. This career-limiting habit refers to the overall mindset of people who resist taking on additional work when it’s truly needed for the company’s success. There are times when we’re asked to step out of our day-to-day job functions to support others, that’s what it means to be on a team.

Let’s look at the phrase “it’s not my job” in a new light. This statement would be a positive start to a sentence, if we all worked in an environment that…

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Millennials in the Workplace

November 15, 2017

There are many similar conversations in the media that have been focused on the Millennial Generation; who are now officially the largest generation in the Canadian workforce. Much of this conversation is centered around their attitudes, values and what companies are doing to attract this young talent to their companies.

Individuals outside of the Millennial age group have made careers informing companies what they believe that Millennials want, and why. Instead of listening to third parties and their ideas about what attracts these young professionals to companies and how to keep their loyalty, Ellington reached out to three Millennials for their feedback and input. Below are the three most impactful insights from that discussion:

1. Contrary to the new “hot desk…

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The Mind of the Recruiter

November 15, 2017

The Mind of the Recruiter
Gerald Eger – Senior Manager, Recruiting

How do you know when you’ve met a Superstar Candidate?

You know when someone is “personality plus”. It’s not all about having an impressive resume, it’s also about having a good, positive attitude and energy in the interview, having confidence in your skills and abilities, communicating your experience effectively and having good work-related examples to support what you’re saying.

Meeting a candidate with the right skill set and experience is obviously important, but at the same time many seem to forget that skills can be learned and experience can be gained. A client may want XYZ but a candidate with XY and an upbeat personality can still land the role based…

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Tips for Hiring Managers

November 15, 2017

Tips for Hiring Managers

Rhonda Dezenhouse – Director, Client Engagement

Is it better for a Hiring Manager to have multiple sources/partners working on a Search?

When you have more than one source, you’re only getting a fraction of the effort from each. An exclusive arrangement is in the Hiring Manager’s best interest. The Hiring Manager is getting the recruiter’s full commitment to filling their vacancy.

A Hiring Manager may think they’re getting more effort from a recruiter when the role is in competition, but what really happens is our interest fades as we realize the Hiring Manager isn’t committed, and we go and put our energy and efforts into Hiring Managers who will work with us as partners.

Exclusivity allows a recruiter to…

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‘Executive Recruiting for Dummies’…

November 15, 2017

That is the title of a book from the successful series of instructional/reference books, that includes such classics as ‘Excel for Dummies’, ‘Accounting for Dummies’, ‘Plumbing for Dummies’, ‘Self Defense for Dummies’ and even ‘Medical Ethics for Dummies’ (as scary as it sounds, yes that one really exists).

Through the years I’ve come across quite a few people that assume modern day Recruiting is a simple task that can be done by using technology; searching on LinkedIn or Indeed, finding people that can do a certain type of job. Hiring Managers who focus on the Financial, Operational or Revenue Generating parts of a business, and even HR professionals who, despite being more familiar with the trials & tribulations of attracting…

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