Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

As a business owner, how do you decide if you are willing to allow your employees to work remotely? On the plus side, it allows your employees the flexibility to manage their work-life balance, however it’s harder to track time and collaborate with co-workers when employees are not in the office.

We found an article to help break down remote workspaces further.

Pros:

  1. Hire talent beyond your traditional reach. By hiring employees who work outside of the four walls of your office, you can tap into a talent pool that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible.

  2. If you run a small business and you’re looking to save money on a physical workspace, allowing your employees to work remotely can be a great solution. Your employees can work from home, scheduling phone calls or videoconferencing to check in at any time.

  3. Increased employee retention is also a positive in allowing employees to work from home. Millennials place great importance on work-life balance and not having to commute to work each day can be seen as a very important perk.

Cons:

  1. It can be very hard to keep your employees motivated and focused when they are not located in an office. It takes a very self-motivated person to successfully work from home, so it is important to set clear deadlines and expectations for those employees who do not check into the office each day.

  2. Although you will save cost on leasing a physical space, you will need to invest in collaboration software. It’s important to keep in touch with your team, so be sure to have a reliable program to keep track of projects and time.

  3. It is important to create a company culture that is carried through to remote workspaces. Keep your employees engaged be ensuring they are invested in the company goals and culture.

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

my-benefits for Plan Administrators

Looking for an easy way to administer your group benefits plan?

The Chamber Plan offers my-benefits, an easy-to-use online administrative tool that can be accessed by both plan administrators and employees. 

Your plan administrators can use my-benefits to access your firm's coverage and group plan information, they can enrol a new employee, calculate payroll deductions, and even terminate employee coverage. 

my-benefits® for Employers is an online administration tool that allows you to manage your Plan, calculate payroll deductions, enrol employees, and more. Let my-benefits be your online personal...

 

My-benefits provides you with tools and resources to better understand your group plan, making it easy for your plan administrators to access any questions they might be asked regarding employee coverage

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

Five Reasons to go for a Massage

5 reasons to go for a massage

If you're looking for a reason to go for a massage, look no further! 

Massage therapy has incredible health benefits, including promoting relaxation of the body and the mind. If you work a stressful job, experience chronic pain or headaches, or just need to relax, massage therapy might just be the answer for you! 

Massage can help to relieve stress by lowering your heart rate and decreasing your blood pressure. If your daily responsibilities are causing you a great deal of stress, try a massage to help you relax! 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety disorders. If you're one of them, 60 minutes of massage therapy might help to reduce the anxiety you're feeling, leading to a better quality of life! 

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches in adults. They are caused by stress and emotional conflicts and they cause your neck muscles, face muscles, scalp and jaw to tighten, causing tension leading to headaches. 

As mentioned above, leading a stressful life can cause high blood pressure. Visiting a massage therapist regularly can help to lower your blood pressure, increasing your overall health and well-being. 

Last but not least, the most convincing reason to visit a massage therapist is to relax. Taking an hour for yourself on a regular basis can help you to deal with life's stressors more effectively and can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Don't be afraid to take the time for self-care! 

The best part about massage -- it's usually covered under your group insurance plan! If you're not sure if you have coverage, or if you're wondering how to make a claim, give us a call and we will help you work through it! 

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

How to Submit a Cost Plus Claim

Wondering how to submit a cost-plus claim through you Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan? Check out this step-by-step explanation below or watch the video for details! 

  1. Login to your admin portal at www.mybenefits.ca
  2. Select 'Form and Tools'
  3. Select 'Cost Plus'
  4. Fill out the information for the appropriate employee
  5. Print the completed form 
  6. Attach the explanation of benefits that corresponds to the claim
    1. A summary can be found on the employee portal in www.my-benefits.ca
  7. Include any additional receipts
  8. Write a corporate cheque to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in the total amount listed on the claim form
    1. The employee will personally receive this amount back, less processing fees and taxes
  9. Mail all forms and documents to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Head office
    1. 1051 King Edward Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 04R

Still, have questions? Give us a call or send us an email! 

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