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Employees may dig their heels in on hybrid work

February 22, 2024 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Working five days a week in an insurance office is a thing of the past, industry experts are saying. But P&C industry leaders are still debating whether client experience, workplace culture, and productivity gels with a hybrid work model. “Within

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What younger job candidates want from P&C insurance jobs

January 18, 2024 Steve Whitelaw, Applied Systems Canada

Canada’s P&C insurance industry needs to adapt in three key areas to better recruit and retain prospects among Millennials and Gen Z. First, it should teach recruits tech skills specific to the P&C industry. Second, it should use digital technology

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Addressing a shortage of qualified commercial underwriters

November 28, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Nicholas Hudescu is a rarity in the insurance industry. The 23-year-old attended Wilfrid Laurier University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in insurance and risk management. While there, he joined the student-run Laurier Insurance and Risk Association (LIRA)

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How Canadian P&C firms are developing diversity

November 16, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Regardless of where Canadian brokerages are in their efforts to build diverse workplaces, they generally agree on three good ways to get there. When asked what actions brokerages could take to increase diversity, survey respondents advocated promoting diverse talent to

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How deliberate, diverse recruiting can fill brokers’ talent gaps

November 8, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Property and casualty (P&C) brokerages continue to report trouble finding qualified new recruits. That’s led many in the P&C insurance industry to suggest firms widen the hiring lens and open recruitment to a more diverse range of candidates. It seems

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Top 3 ways Canada’s insurance brokerages promote diversity

April 6, 2023 Philip Porado

Regardless of how far along Canadian brokerages are in their efforts to build diverse workplaces, they are in general agreement about the best ways to get there. And that’s the case even among firms that acknowledge they haven’t yet made

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Which factors impact DEI programs at P&C brokerages

April 3, 2023 Philip Porado

The size of a Canadian P&C brokerage and the makeup of its senior leadership continues to drive whether employees have access to formal diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. A Canadian Underwriter online survey, fielded in Jan. and Feb. 2023, and

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What prospective talent looks for when choosing a P&C employer

February 3, 2023 by Jason Contant

Flexible work arrangements remain a top consideration for aspiring Canadian P&C insurance professionals, according to a new poll from a Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary recruitment firm. The poll from Impact Recruitment found that, aside from monetary compensation, one in four professionals consider

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Can a new college program draw talent to commercial brokerages?

January 18, 2023 Alyssa DiSabatino

The specialized nature of commercial brokering is causing a talent shortage now that veterans are retiring in droves. “I literally get three or four different companies a week that ask for talent, and it’s amplified across the industry,” said John

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Steps to improve talent recruiting efforts 

December 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

A few relatively simple changes can make a big difference in recruiting efforts for mid-size firms, two workforce management firms said in a recent blog.  First, rewrite job postings and descriptions to emphasize the benefits of working for you instead of your specs

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What P&C may find when it goes beyond its four walls

April 30, 2021 by Adam Malik

Ignoring the successes, failures and lessons learned by other industries and not applying them within the world of property and casualty insurance is a big mistake some in the industry may be making, according to a panel of experts during

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Skills to promote change

August 9, 2020 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Andy Taylor, Gore Mutual Insurance Company’s newly-minted president and CEO, reveals the soft skills required for a successful business transformation — and how to find them. – As told to Greg Meckbach   To recruit talent capable of shepherding a