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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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How firms are training tomorrow’s talent

January 8, 2024 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Intermediate and senior underwriting positions are opening up across the industry. That has firms looking for ways to cultivate junior underwriters into successive roles. The issue, though, is that learning curves can be steep for new hires. Up-and-coming underwriters are

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How to recruit underwriters when job candidates get multiple offers

November 30, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Competition for available qualified underwriting talent is fierce. “We’ve got candidates in the mix that will often have two or three offers in hand,” said Stefan Rolfe, associate director of insurance at Impact Recruitment. “And they can often bounce one

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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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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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How important is non-insurance talent for MGAs?

November 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

Looking outside the insurance industry appears to be a tried-and-true approach to recruiting talent, executives of managing general agents said Tuesday at the’s MGA Technology Symposium in Toronto. “We’ve had success actually looking for people with skills, rather than

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How this commercial brokerage addresses skills shortages

October 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerage owners in some regions are struggling to find staff who know commercial lines. “There are very few people (in Saskatchewan) who understand commercial insurance deeply,” said David Reidy, president and CEO of Regina-based commercial brokerage Henderson Insurance Inc. To