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two The Optional Benefit Coverage Dilemma

All benefit plans have optional products that insurance companies make available for employees. While not aggressively sold, these products can provide a convenient, but at times expensive, way to supplement an employee's coverage.


All ASSOCIUM plans and most other plans as well, come with optional insurance products that are available. These products include optional life insurance, optional dependent life insurance, optional employee and/or dependent Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), optional critical illness, and more.

The advantage for employees is that they can purchase additional coverage for themselves, their spouse and (depending upon the insurance carrier) their families, particularly if their benefits coverage does not fulfil their personal needs. 

Learn more about The Optional Benefit Coverage Dilemma >

three Objective Setting 201


As a follow up to the Webinar for Members on the subject of Performance Management on May 13th, this extract is presented as a primer on setting objectives.


It is very important that objective setting takes into account a complete view of one's desired goals and outcomes. In order to ensure that objectives provide clarity of expectations and impetus towards the achievement of overall goals they need to reflect multiple aspects of success relative to the purpose of the work of the organization involved.


To establish a full measure of success it is imperative that the three following types of standards are employed together.


Efficiency Standards

?     Efficiency is usually defined as the relationship between input and output; that is, between the amount of resources used and the amount of product or service produced. An organization is said to be efficient if it minimizes the resources it uses to achieve a specified level of output.

Effectiveness Standards

?     Effectiveness refers to the level of satisfaction with the services being delivered or the extent to which pre-determined outcomes have been reached. If a service or activity receives a high satisfaction rating from the audience to which it is targeted, it is likely to be considered effective.

Quality Standards

?     Quality can refer to the methods or techniques by which a task was undertaken and/or the achievement of an end result that meets specified quality parameters.Quality measures indicate whether the job was performed in a professional and competent way, using the best available expertise and most progressive concepts.


Objectives statements that utilize a combination of metrics from all three types of standards ensure a complete gauge of what it is one is attempting to accomplish and an accurate assessment of whether it has actually been done.


For more information on metrics and measurement, or to see samples of objective statements that apply the principles addressed here, email

PillarPillars of the Community

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Golf Tournament - Thursday August 6th 2015


ASSOCIUM will be hosting our annual charity golf tournament at Whitevale Golf Club. 


An amazing warm day of fun, camaraderie and golf to raise money for community charities.


Watch for registration and sponsorship details by email in the next week.  

ASSOCIUM Divisions

Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector. Our goal is to help your organization by providing you access to competitively priced products and services as well as resolving any purchasing issues you may encounter.

ASSOCIUM Benefits 

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.  

For over 30 years, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services and organizational development.
Supporting the success of Canadian organizations for 30 years.