Posted by Midhat Zaman on November 15, 2022
Midhat Zaman

Learnings from Dialogue’s 2022 Think Tank workshop 

Every year, Dialogue invites a group of clients from member organizations to participate in our annual Think Tank. The goal? To better understand employee wellness needs and find effective solutions. Through conversations and workshops, HR leaders reflected on their current workplace wellness issues and shared first-hand accounts of their daily challenges. To validate if their experiences are represented across Canadian organizations, we conducted a national survey. Here’s what we learned this year. 


What current HR challenges are organizations facing?

The Great Resignation. Quiet Quitting. Across Canada, employers are facing similar problems. From recruiting and retaining qualified employees, to helping team members address mental health issues, to fostering engagement around benefits programs, organizations have their work cut out for them. Below, we'll take a look at some of the most pressing HR issues companies are currently dealing with. Along with identifying these challenges, addressing them requires a strategic and coordinated effort from HR professionals, who must stay up-to-date on the latest employee benefits trends and best practices.


How are organizations evaluating their benefits programs?

There's no doubt that employee benefits programs are a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to building and fostering a culture of well-being. The landscape of healthcare is ever-changing – and managing multiple expensive programs can be challenging. This is why organizations regularly review their benefits to ensure they’re meeting the needs of their employees. 

When evaluating employee benefits programs, organizations typically consider a variety of factors, including workplace challenges, employee demographics, organizational culture, employee health and well-being, and healthcare costs. By taking these factors into account, organizations can ensure that their employee benefits programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of their workforce. 


Do HR leaders have the right resources to address workplace issues?

Even though organizations are finding ways to address some of their top workforce issues, many don’t have all the proper solutions and resources. Implementing the right benefits programs is one way to start easing the impact of HR challenges, but benefits alone are not enough. To make the most of benefits programs, employee engagement must be part of the business strategy. The same goes for leadership buy-in. If an organization's executives are not committed to nurturing a culture of empathy and well-being, members are unlikely to believe in it. 

This year’s Think Tank workshop laid the foundation to help us better understand organizational issues across Canada. Read on to learn more about what our research revealed.




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About the author

Midhat Zaman is a content strategist, marketer, and avid writer at Dialogue. She is deeply committed to helping HR leaders and employees effectively navigate workplace challenges. Midhat puts her love for great content to work with health and wellness in mind. Through insightful articles, comprehensive guides, and more, she aims to empower Canadians with the right support to improve their well-being.