The Benefits Advisory Group Sales Excellence Award

We want to take a moment to congratulate our partnering firm, The Benefits Advisory Group, on their Sales Excellence Award!

The Benefits Advisory Group was recognized as a leading representative of the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan® at the program’s national conference in Québec, QC, September 13th-16th. The top 100 Chambers Plan representatives from across the country were honoured at the event for experts who met stringent qualifying criteria.

The Benefits Advisory Group has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. The Benefits Advisory Group specializes in Group Benefits and Financial Services.

Nationally, the Chambers Plan provides employee benefits programs to more than 30,000 small and medium-sized businesses, members of 850 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade that endorse the program. Today the program offers competitive rates, outstanding guarantees, and many free, value-added features for participants, providing Plan members easy access to reliable health tools and resources.

The Chambers Plan is the largest employee benefits program of its kind in the country, providing tangible benefits to members of participating Chambers and Boards. From the National Service Centre, located in Winnipeg, the Chambers Plan is administered by Johnston Group Inc., recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies every year since 2001.

Congratulations on your win!

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-6514

Taking a Look at Eye Care For Your Employee Benefits

Most people can’t imagine what it would be like to lose their vision, yet we often take it for granted until our eyesight is affected. Experts recommend a number of things you can do to protect your eyes.

Do you have your mother’s eyes?

Risks for certain eye conditions are hereditary, so knowing about any history of eye disease in your family can help prepare for, or even prevent its onset.

Keep an eye on your diet

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, for good eye health. This can help prevent certain vision problems, like cataracts. This, along with exercise, can also prevent diabetes, a disease that often leads to vision loss.

Exercise and don’t smoke

Increased blood circulation brought on by exercise is important for good health, but especially for the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. Smoking does the opposite and increases your chances of eye disease.

The 20‐20‐20 rule for 20/20 vision

How long have you been looking at your phone or computer? For every 20 minutes of focusing on an electronic device, you should take 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away.

Protect your peepers

The sun, which makes it possible for us to see, can be damaging to your eyes. So don’t look at it, and wear sunglasses while outside. And don’t forget protective eyewear when you are playing or working in conditions that could be dangerous for your eyes.

Get a professional to look into your eyes

Adults up to age 64 should have eye exams at least every two years. Adults over 64 and children under 18 should have an eye exam every year. Some medical conditions may warrant having your eyes checked more often.

We can help you keep your sights on good eye health with vision care coverage for companies with as few as one employee. And it’s easy to see the value in that!

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 468-9292
goldkeybenefits.com

Free Supplemental Prescription Coverage

Have you heard about the free card that helps you to cover the cost of brand name prescriptions?

Innovates is a free drug card available for download designed to make your prescriptions more affordable and accessible.

What makes Innovicare unique? 

  • No waiting period
  • No eligibility requirements
  • Can be used with your existing drug plan or on its own 
  • Will cover a portion or the entire cost of your medication
  • Savings are automatically applied and you can see the amount covered on your receipt

Click here to see a video with further information 

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
+1 877-277-0677

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Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health and wellness is at the forefront of conversation more and more these days, so it's important to look at the ways in which it is affecting your employees. 

Did you know that one in five Canadians experience at least one type of mental health issue in their life? Furthermore, an estimated 500,000 Canadians call in sick to work each week due to a mental illness.

So how does this affect your company? The rise in mental health issues can lead to increased long-term illness claims, the cost of sick time, and workers' compensation claims. Additionally, it leads to a loss of productivity within your employees and lost opportunity due to downtown.

A recent study shows that most mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, stem from workplace stress, which challenges employers to create a manageable workplace that doesn't cause unnecessary amounts of stress and allows for a work-life balance. This study yielded results showing that 68% of employees could perform their job to the best of their abilities for less than 70% of the day due to a mental illness. 

To help benefit employees to cope better with mental illness and workplace stress, try implementing some of these practices: 

  1. Introduce flex days or flex time into your employees' schedules. Allowing them guilt-free time to tend to their personal lives will let them focus on work when they are there. 
  2. Introduce a team atmosphere where your employees understand each others' positions. Having team members to rely on is an important part of managing workplace stress, especially if an employee needs to take time off. 
  3. Try hosting company lunches to improve workplace culture. Creating trust within your employer/employee relationship will lead to a positive work environment. 

Looking for more tips? Check out the study this blog was based upon

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
+1 877-277-0677
http://www.goldkeybenefits.com/

Email Etiquette Rules to Follow

Most working professionals are subject to receiving a very high number of emails per day, with that being so, it can be frustrating to receive emails without a clear message or meaning, that we don't really need to receive, or that are seemingly written in the same context as a text message. 

We found a great article to discuss email etiquette rules that all working professionals should know; these are the highlights. 

  1. First and foremost, include a clear and direct subject line. The subject line will tell your recipient what to expect and will also make it easier to search inboxes at a later date if they need to reference your email.
  2. Use a professional email address. If you are a new business owner looking to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, it's important that you represent yourself in a respectful and meaningful way. Try to include your first name and your company name in your email address so you are easily identifiable. 
  3. Don't include people who do not need to be included. Inboxes are very easily cluttered, so only send your email communications to those who are directly affected by your message. 
  4. ALWAYS include a signature. Your signature should include your full name, your direct phone number, your company address, and any other relevant information. It is important to include this in every email so your recipient can easily locate your contact information at any given time. 
  5. Use professional language. Avoid saying things like "hey, guys!" unless you are very comfortable with the people you are emailing and that type of language has been previously established. 
  6. Be cautious with humor and/or sarcasm. The intonation of your voice cannot be heard in an email and therefore can be very easily misinterpreted. Be careful not to offend anyone with humor or sarcasm. 
  7. Reply to your emails even if the email wasn't intended for you. It's important to let people know you received their message and you are taking the necessary actions to move forward. It is also important to respond to emails that might not have been intended for you -- chances are, the person who sent the email does not know they sent the message to the wrong recipient. 
  8. Keep your font simple and easy to read, don't get carried away with comic sans. 
  9. Double check your recipients to ensure you're sending the message to the right person/people. 

Looking for more tips? Check out the full article here.

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-651