Partnership to add new EAP/work-life services to www.connectinsure.com
Ottawa, Ontario — May 6, 2003
Global IQX Inc., developer of the ConnectInsure insurance portal that enables insurance professionals to conduct online quotations and enrollment transactions, today announced a key partnership with Ceridian Canada Ltd.
According to the terms of the agreement, Ceridian will distribute LifeWorks® OneSource, its comprehensive employee assistance program (EAP) and work-life solution, through the ConnectInsure insurance portal.
“Ceridian is a leader in the creation and management of integrated solutions to the workplace market and we’re excited to have them aboard ConnectInsure,” said Michael de Waal, president and founder of Global IQX. “LifeWorks OneSource adds an entirely new element to the group benefits products currently available on the ConnectInsure site.
“It’s a new product to add to the broker’s portfolio which will, in turn, boost their value to the client.”
LifeWorks OneSource will be the first EAP/work-life service made available through the ConnectInsure site, which offers a range of life and health insurance products for small groups and individuals. A full-service, bilingual employee resource program, LifeWorks OneSource provides confidential counselling and work-life information services that assist employees and their immediate families to overcome their personal and professional issues. Employees enrolled with LifeWorks OneSource also have access to LifeWorks® Online, an Internet gateway to the widest range of work-life information and resources for employees.
“Global IQX is showing leadership in the insurance industry by broadening the service options available to their clients,” said John Longbottom, Executive Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Ceridian Canada. “Insurance issues often have a significant impact on personal and professional lives and LifeWorks’ EAP and work-life services can help people manage that.”
In a recent study, prominent researchers found that employees are highly motivated to use online, integrated EAP and work-life services to obtain immediate access to information about various personal and professional issues. The University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work (UMD), one of the nation’s largest graduate social work programs and the largest centre of EAP study, conducted the groundbreaking research in 2001. The study concluded that delivering these services online is a viable way to provide help and support to employees.
Used by more than 1,600 licensed insurance professionals across the country, ConnectInsure is a Web-based application powered by the IQX Platform. Available free of charge, ConnectInsure offers plan advisors, brokers and other certified benefit planners access to an instant, online quoting service. Using traditional channels, it can take up to six weeks to gather the detailed information for a client quote and presentation. ConnectInsure delivers all the same information in a few minutes.
Ceridian Canada Ltd.
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ceridian Canada has offices from coast to coast, serves more than 40,000 businesses of all sizes and pays more than 2.6 million Canadians. As Canada’s HR and payroll specialist, Ceridian provides businesses the freedom to succeed with integrated payroll and human resource solutions. More information about Ceridian Canada is available at www.ceridian.ca
About Global IQX, Inc.
Global IQX, established in 1999, specializes in configurable, component-based sales and services automation solutions that streamline and optimize business processes for North American group benefits insurance organizations. Offered as a complete suite or individually, these solutions automate rating, underwriting, renewal and enrollment supporting all lines and market segments. Global IQX production proven solutions increase operational efficiency and reduce cost while promoting improved communication and interaction within and across departments. Developed and delivered by a team with group insurance depth and experience, these solutions give business users more control, with less dependence on IT resources. Clients include many of North America’s largest insurance companies.