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Workplace Vaccination: Choosing your message

February 22, 2021 by Adam Malik

Your office culture will likely determine whether or not you must receive a COVID-19 vaccination before returning back to office. Whatever your business decides, the tone and style of your messaging around vaccinations needs to match the approach, a senior

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Workplace Vaccination: A four-part series coming this week

February 19, 2021 by Adam Malik

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is a common talking point around the virtual water cooler these days. Many questions remain up in the air while the industry longs for something resembling normal social interaction. Starting Tuesday, Canadian Underwriter‘s online coverage will

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Your staff’s mental health: What to watch for

February 18, 2021 by Adam Malik

Investing in the mental health of your staff has always been important, but the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home just how important it is, says one Canadian P&C insurer executive. “I think we’ve really learned through 2020 and now into

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Why self-care is not the right cure for workplace burnout during the pandemic

February 17, 2021 by David Gambrill

Self-care strategies such as meditation, yoga, eating properly, and exercising are not the right tools for preventing workplace burnout during the pandemic, says Jennifer Moss, a journalist, researcher, and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and the Burnout Epidemic. “Self-care

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The critical piece that made remote work successful for Travelers

February 12, 2021 by Adam Malik

Property and casualty insurance industry employers need to work with staff to set clear expectations when it comes to setting up a working-from-home policy, says an insurer executive. Done correctly, P&C employers can see a boost in productivity and employee

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Origin of Excel & Y Insurance Services features renowned Alberta brokers

February 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lundgren & Young Insurance is forming a new Alberta brokerage, Excel & Y Insurance Services, as a result of a partnership with Excel Insurance Group Inc. “We remain an independent brokerage wholly owned by myself and my family,” said Robyn

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Why insurance leaders need to bring laughter into the (remote) workplace

February 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It’s nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and Canadian property and casualty insurance leaders likely aren’t in a joking mood. But a recent blog from Harvard Business Review suggests that would be helpful these days: shared laughter can improve

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Brokerage executives to examine COVID impact today and beyond

February 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers have been on the front lines while the global COVID-19 pandemic has tightened its grip on the economy and, in turn, brokers’ clients. Four leading national brokerage executives will take a look at what Canadian brokers can expect as

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Joseph El-Sayegh joins Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau

February 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

The former president and CEO of reinsurer SCOR Canada, Joseph El-Sayegh, has joined Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau (LDP). LDP announced El-Sayegh’s appointment as regional vice president, commercial services and practice leader in risk management, effective Jan. 11. Among other

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Working from home? Make sure you take your lunch break

January 29, 2021 by Jason Contant

Leaders in the Canadian property and casualty insurance space need to create the “psychological safety” for employees to take time for lunch, including ensuring that workers don’t get penalized or are viewed as less productive for doing so. That was

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How Aon Canada is promoting LGBT+ inclusion

January 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aon Canada plans to do a voluntary workforce survey, which would include questions about sexual orientation. Last year, the global insurance brokerage launched an employee self-identification campaign in the United States, said Sean Kavanagh-Lang, national broking director for operations, data

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How IBAO is leading brokers to go paperless

January 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The cost and hassle of printing and mailing large insurance policies is one of the drivers towards digitization, suggests the board member of a broker association. Consumers do not want to sift through 75 pages of insurance documents, said Greg