Talking About Financial Matters That Affect You and Your Organization
Tim Horton's Cuts Benefits and Breaks - An Inevitable Choice or Knee Jerk Reaction?
Jan 5th, 2018
Welcome 2018. A few Tim Horton's franchises, those owned by the founder’s heirs, have leapt to the forefront of the debate on minimum wage hikes. (See article below).
In response to the minimum wage hike that came into play January 1 - these franchisees have chosen to scale back benefits (more importantly - have employees pay more to keep what they have - especially newer employees) and to...Read More
Why Ideal clients are, well Ideal...
Aug 18th, 2017
There are no shortage of articles and advice on finding ideal clients. A
quick Google search of the keywords "Ideal Clients" returns 43,000,000 results
(don't believe me -
here's the link)
As an aside - 3 of the first 5 websites listed on this "Ideal Client" search are titled something like "5 Steps to...." Which makes me cringe, followed by a touch of sadness that much of our knowledge...
Employee Benefits: The Disruptors Have Arrived – Part II
Jul 28th, 2017
Did video REALLY kill the radio star? Or – was it an incremental change simply moving the radio star to a new media platform? Rather than being a DISRUPTOR, maybe video just made the radio star a little bit better.
In business, DISRUPTORS create seismic shifts rather than incremental changes.
Incremental changes are always happening. Everyone (well, loosely everyone) is trying to get...Read More
Employee Benefits: The Disruptors Have Arrived
Jul 17th, 2017
The disruptors have arrived, we just can’t see them. They're hiding in the shadows like some sort of outsider, yearning to be seen but afraid of the response. [Ok - maybe that 's a BIT dramatic...]
One of my favourite non-fiction authors is Walter Isaacson. His books are well researched and well written. Most of all they are great stories based on the life and times of some of the most famous...Read More
Why Google wants its employees to meditate – and why you should too
Jun 23rd, 2017
Meditation hits the mainstream.
The stereotypical image of a Buddhist Monk or 1960’s hippie no longer apply.
Many of the world’s most successful people meditate daily, everyone from athletes to actors, sales people to systems analysts, and CEO’s to construction workers are in on the gig.
Fair enough you say – to each his or her own and if meditation is part of your daily routine – have...Read More
Would You Pay Your Employees to be Healthy?
Mar 17th, 2017
Equality could be the death knell of Employee Benefits plans.
We may be turning a corner – or at the very least approaching a fork in the road where our options for sustainability do not include current models.
The impact of high cost drugs, and escalating health care costs in general is shifting the landscape for employers. While the shift is dramatic (relatively speaking) –...Read More
Mar 17th, 2017
I am admittedly a podcast junkie.
I spend a good chunk of work days in my car - and I'm not much of a music guy. So Podcasts are my go to distraction on everything from short jaunts around the city (I'll listen to a piece of a podcast on my 10 minute commute home) to hours long drives to see clients. I also run a lot and prefer a podcast or audio-book over music 99% of the time.
Outside of...Read More
4 Employee Benefits Trends for 2017 (and a wish)
Jan 17th, 2017
Oh January how we welcome thee!
Time for New Year’s resolutions - the optimism that comes with a fresh start and of course – a list! [Note:by today’s date – something like 80% of New Year’s Resolutions have failed]
In the Employee Benefits world 2017 could be the biggest roller coaster we’ve been on in a long time. So without further ado – here’s my list of the top 4...Read More