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Brokerage leader wants burnout taken more seriously

June 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

A brokerage leader is concerned that “burnout” is a term thrown around too casually, and it’s not taken as seriously as it should be in the property and casualty insurance industry. “As someone who has suffered burnout, I can tell

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The new flex workplace: Can your boss ask you to work late if you take time off midday?

June 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

As COVID draws to a close, expect the following dilemma to happen more often in a flexible workplace environment. It is one of your days to work from home. You ask your manager if you can take an hour off

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BFL president reacts to regulator’s effort to prevent Aon-Willis merger

June 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

In trying to block Aon plc’s proposed acquisition of Willis Towers Watson plc, the United States competition regulator is off the mark in how it describes the world’s three-biggest property and casualty commercial insurance brokerages, suggests a senior executive with

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Why one-third of Canadian P&C professionals want to go back to the office

June 22, 2021 by Adam Malik

About one-third of 800 Canadian P&C insurance professionals surveyed by Canadian Underwriter in June are enthusiastic to return to the office, and that’s mainly because they want to see their friends again. Today, 34% of Canadian P&C insurance professionals reported

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6 ways to help your P&C workers transition back to the office

June 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

There’s a bit of a tempest brewing regarding a post-COVID return to the office, and employers can do six things to make sure that the tempest remains in a teacup, as one consultant advises. Published survey results show a gap

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Working from home increasingly popular among Canadian P&C professionals

June 18, 2021 by Adam Malik

More property and casualty insurance industry professionals are working from today than six months ago — and more are “very satisfied” to be doing so, according to a Canadian Underwriter poll conducted last week. Canadian Underwriter first asked the industry

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How much you’re lying to yourself about time management

June 17, 2021 by Adam Malik

While George Costanza may claim that his entire life is a lie, most people will tell about 200 lies a day — and many to themselves about what they’re doing and what they can actually accomplish, according to an expert

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Staff vaccine status discussions, disclosures pose challenges for businesses

June 17, 2021 by Danielle Edwards - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Cynthia Fernandez said her personal sense of responsibility for the safety of her clients led her to publicly disclose that her staff were vaccinated against COVID-19 earlier this spring. “I think a lot of people are nervous still

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How to create effective, engaged workplace teams after the COVID-19 pandemic

June 16, 2021 by Matthias Spitzmuller, Associate Professor and Toller Family Fellow of Organizational Behaviour, Queen's University, Ontario

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site.   Well into the pandemic’s second year, we are beginning to

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What employers and employees can expect of each other in a hybrid future

June 15, 2021 by Adam Malik

It’s reasonable for your boss to ask you to dress appropriately for video calls with clients, but brokers can also reasonably ask for flexible work hours, says an expert from Aon. No matter what the expectations may be, companies and

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Pandemic enabled small- and medium-sized businesses to work remotely: survey

June 15, 2021 by Salmaan Farooqui - THE CANADIAN PRESS

At Jeremy Shaki’s tech education company, his workforce of around 75 people weren’t always so keen on remote work. But as the pandemic stretches on, and Lighthouse Labs invested more into the necessary infrastructure and employee programs to make remote

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How are your employees feeling? No, really.

June 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers are naturally social people. So how do they respond when they’re cut off from their typical social gatherings and unable to interact with people the way they’re used to? If they’re like people in other professions, it’s a heavy