JULY
2020
Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • Employee Benefit Plans and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Returning to the Workplace FAQ
  • Medline | Medical Mart PPE Solutions and Disposal
  • Grand & Toy COVID-19 Supply Chain and Work from Home Solutions
  • Tech Tips for Video Meetings
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Insect Bites and Stings
Employee Group Benefits
Employee Benefit Plans and COVID-19
What we know so far
All we can do these days is speculate. Are we over the worst of COVID-19 in Canada? Is it easing off or are we waiting for another wave? What we can be sure of is that things won’t be the same as they were. Employee benefit plans have changed and will change again as we become more certain of the longer term ramifications of the pandemic.
Human Resources Consulting
COVID-19 Returning to the Workplace FAQ
Questions we've answered
As Government restrictions lift across the country and employers begin to recall their employees back to the office, organizations are now faced with a new challenge of keeping operations going while minimizing the risk to employees. The health and safety of the workforce is now top priority and organizations will have to make changes to their policy manuals, processes and procedures and the physical workspace.

To help you navigate our new environment we have put together a FAQ on returning to the workplace. Here are a few of the questions we've addressed to date:

  • How can your organization prepare to re-open?
  • What health and safety measures can your organization take to reduce risk?
  • What if an employee cannot return to work post-COVID because of Childcare needs?
Procurement and Shared Services
Medline | Medical Mart
New and Innovative Health Care Solutions

Medline | Medical Mart offers ASSOCIUM GAIN members full catalogues of primary care, long term care, dental and podiatry products.
Grand & Toy Office Supplies and Facility Resources
Everything you need for the new workplace
Supply Chain Solutions


OFFICE SUPPLIES | INTERIORS & FURNITURE | PRINT & DOCUMENTS
 FACILITY RESOURCES | TECHNOLOGY
Tech Tips: Video Meetings
Try these few tips to improve your next video meeting
  1. Test your equipment and connection 5 minutes before joining a call. Video conferencing involves many actions from your computer and sometimes connection challenges occur. Those extra few minutes can give you the time you need to work through setup issues so you join the call ready to go.
  2. In large group calls, mute your audio when others are speaking. Your microphone can introduce unexpected sounds, and disrupt other speakers.
  3. Put your mobile phone on do not disturb so you're not interrupted by incoming phone calls which on the video conference.

Tips for Meetings in Microsoft Teams

  1. Have something to say? During a meeting, you can raise a virtual hand to let people know you want to contribute without interrupting the conversation. Select Raise your hand in the meeting controls.
  2. No time to tidy up your home office? Select the three ellipsis, also known as dot-dot-dot on the floating bar and change the background effects to blur or select a background image.
  3. Master keyboard commands: Type /keys in the search bar and see all the available shortcut keys that Teams can use. /help brings up the Help menu.

Plans for moving to a VOIP telecommunications solution?
GAINtel Cloud phone system provides your organization with the advanced telecom capabilities of a large organization, including web conferencing without large capital costs.

A work from anywhere phone system will provide your team the flexibility they need to adapt to the challenges we face in 2020. Let us set up a consultation.
Ask the Pharmacist: Insect Bites and Stings
Tips for staying safe outside
People are spending more time outside and that means greater chances of interacting with nature. Insect bites and stings are common and usually only cause minor irritation. However, some stings can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction.

An insect bites you by making a hole in your skin to feed or to defend itself. Most insects sting as a defence by injecting venom into your skin. Learn about symptoms, when to call 911 and treatment of insect bites and stings.
ASSOCIUM Divisions
Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent, Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.
Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.
Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector ( GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
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