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MGA’s program gives employees money to take time off

September 1, 2021 Brooke Smith

You’re burning out. According to a June survey from Canadian Underwriter, 54% of P&C employees reported feeling at least some stress and burnout working from home. Human resources experts often recommend that employees use their vacation entitlement to recharge, but

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Why brokers’ virtual meetings will survive the pandemic

July 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

Virtual meetings during the pandemic have allowed brokers to conduct more structured client meetings with a sharper focus, according to an expert from Aon. Sixteeen months ago, at the onset of the global pandemic, video meetings produced some confusion because

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Your work is about to change. Why working from home won’t be the same

July 5, 2021 by Adam Malik

Working from home more often means a change to the way property and casualty insurance industry professionals do their jobs, as well as the expectations between employee and employer, according to an expert from Aon. “Part of your job duties,

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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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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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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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Why the new hybrid office model may have less flexibility than you think

April 1, 2021 by Adam Malik

Those pining for the freedom to pick and choose when they’ll work from home and when they’ll go to the office may be in for a surprise, panellists of a recent insurance webinar warned. On one hand, it’s unlikely that

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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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What’s missing while working from home

January 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

While many embrace the greater workplace flexibility ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, employees may be missing out on mentoring opportunities for career development, P&C leaders say. For example, mentoring is made more difficult when brokers can’t turn around in

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What’s keeping insurance CEOs up at night

December 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

About 10 months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, insurance leaders are less confident about growing their business and are increasingly concerned about the cratering economy, an insurance industry observer told a recent virtual conference. Even so, they’re showing more confidence

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You’re probably working too much while at home

June 25, 2020 by Adam Malik

Employees are working longer and harder in a COVID-19 world than they did before, and it’s raising concerns about burnout — especially when many aren’t making vacation plans, according to a number of recent studies. A recent survey showed that