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Are your remote workers less engaged?

December 15, 2022 Jason Contant

Executives’ fears that remote workers are becoming less engaged and spontaneous when working online than they are while in the office may be unfounded, new research has determined. One of executives’ biggest worries about remote work is the reduction in

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Intact CEO reveals “the toughest file of my career”

September 23, 2022 by David Gambrill

The chief operating officer of Canada’s largest P&C insurer is confronting a conundrum he never faced before the pandemic — he’s not sure how to get all of his employees to work in the office. It’s not an issue unique

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Better productivity in the office? Think again, HR survey finds

July 7, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Remote work is now tied with the office as the place to do the most productive work, according to a new survey by recruitment and employment services provider Robert Half. Forty-two per cent of professionals report accomplishing more work at

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Why home insurers are more exposed to NatCats after the pandemic

July 4, 2022 by David Gambrill

When the pandemic, remote work and a hot housing market combined to cause more Canadians to buy homes in suburban and rural areas, home insurers may have become more exposed to NatCat losses, data from a recent Aviva study found

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How Canada’s P&C industry is reacting to the hybrid office

March 31, 2022 by David Gambrill

Seventy-one per cent of Canada’s P&C industry reports being happy with their new hybrid office arrangements, according to a Canadian Underwriter online poll. Almost 46% reported being ‘very satisfied’ with moving to hybrid work, while a further 26% were satisfied.

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Hybrid workplaces: 5 emerging trends

March 18, 2022 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 has changed workers’ expectations, although it’s not clear yet whether company executives see this new emphasis on personal well-being and remote flexibility as “a temporary pendulum swing, or the beginning of our new normal,” writes Jared Spataro, corporate vice

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Broker association exec offers thoughts on returning to the office

July 9, 2021 by Adam Malik

How brokers view their work is changing, and brokerage principals need to keep pace with these new expectations, says an executive at Ontario’s broker association. Employers in industries across the board are figuring out how (and whether) their staff will

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Return to work: How P&C industry workers feel about workplace safety

June 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Fears about COVID-19 infections in the workplace, questions about safety precautions, and concerns about vaccination rates are key reasons why some property and casualty insurance professionals say they are not enthused about a return to the office. Canadian Underwriter’s Working

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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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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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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 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