New service helps employees manage stressful life stages.
TORONTO, May 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell, under its Shepell•fgi
brand, today announced a program that takes a preventative approach to
improving employee health, career growth, and personal and professional
success. Echo™ guides employees through important life events by
proactively providing them with useful and relevant information, and
resources from qualified experts.
"Employees want to feel appreciated and supported by their organization
in times of personal challenge," said Stephen Liptrap, Executive
Vice-President, Morneau Shepell and General Manager, Shepell•fgi .
"This is even more important than compensation and opportunity. In our
commitment to supporting each and every employee, we see that people
need help addressing life changes before they actually become challenges."
The number of employees reaching out for support in times of need is
low. According to the Conference Board of Canada, over half of all
employees fear that disclosing personal issues and challenges will
negatively affect their career advancement.
Echo kits contain information, tips, and resources targeted to specific
events. These events, all causing stress, include becoming a new
employee, going on maternity leave, returning to work after maternity
leave, having teenage children, and turning 50 years old.
Also included in the kits is complimentary access to customized, online
financial programs. These programs give employees financial information
relevant to that life event with the ability to create a personalized
financial plan. Kits are delivered confidentially to employees' homes.
Employees who feel supported by their organization are more likely to be
more productive, loyal, and engaged as they no longer have to combat
the negative impacts of life events (i.e., stress, distraction, reduced
engagement, and absence from work).
Early adopter, TELUS Communications Inc., has taken a leadership role in
improving the health and wellness of its employees. The organization
was the first to sign on to the program. "Supporting the health and
well-being of our team members is paramount. Echo is an innovative and
creative approach to employee support delivery—key to reaching our
highly dispersed employee population and providing them with
just-in-time needed supports," said Janet Crowe, Director Wellness and
Work Life Solutions.
Echo is available as an addition to existing Employee Assistance
Programs (EAPs) or as a stand-alone support program for organizations.
Echo is a trademark of Morneau Shepell Ltd.
About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell Ltd. is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
consulting and outsourcing services for workforce programs. The company
works with clients to develop innovative solutions that integrate with
their business strategies to achieve results. Through Health and
Benefits Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management,
Administrative Solutions, and Shepell•fgi Employee Assistance Programs
(EAPs), Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee
productivity, and improve their competitive positions by supporting
their employees' financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States and around the globe.
Morneau Shepell Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.
SOURCE Morneau Shepell Ltd.
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