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Episode 8: Exploring the Current State of the Insurance Labor Market - Q3 2022

As we enter the second half of 2022, insurers remain optimistic about employment growth, according to the results of The Jacobson Group and Aon-Ward’s Q3 2022 Insurance Labor Market Study. Jeff Rieder, partner at Aon and head of Ward Benchmarking, and Greg Jacobson, co-CEO of The Jacobson Group, discuss the study’s key findings and provide insight on areas insurers should consider to stay ahead in the challenging labor market.

Recruiting for Skills, Not Experience

Presented at IASA Midwest Fall Conference
The insurance industry remains a candidate-driven market and competition for innovative and future-oriented professionals is increasing. However, many organizations miss out on qualified talent by basing their hiring and promotion criteria on candidates’ past roles and lengthy lists of requirements. Download our presentation to explore actionable steps for expanding your candidate pools, interviewing for skills, and supporting DEI efforts by uncovering potential among individuals both inside and outside the industry.

PULSE of the U.S. Insurance Industry: September 2022

The insurance industry unemployment rate slightly decreased to 1.7% in August. PULSE serves as a supplement to our quarterly newsletter, Compass, by providing an overview of the industry's current labor market on a monthly basis. The feature includes insurance industry labor statistics and graphs to illustrate changes.

Recruiting and Retaining Claims Talent in the Candidate's Market

Published in Insurance Journal

Demand for claims professionals has reached historic levels. Coupled with an extreme labor shortage and a reshuffling of talent industry-wide, competition for top talent is fierce. A renewed approach to recruitment and retention is key to a fully-staffed and engaged claims team. This article highlights best practices on developing talent managemet strategies for success in today's market.

Retaining High Performers Through Strategic Professional Development

Presented at SOA Life Meeting

The war for actuarial talent is intensifying, amplified by an existing mid-level talent gap and increased competition from outside industries. Actuarial leaders must be strategic in how they demonstrate commitment to their employees' futures and proactive in providing clear career pathing and development opportunities within their organizations. Download our presentation to explore common characteristics and expectations of younger generations, the skillsets essential for tomorrow's leaders and ways to effectively build long-term loyalty within your employees.

Insurers Anticipate Staffing Increase Over the Next Year Despite Recruiting Difficulty: The Jacobson Group

Published in Insurance Journal

Amid one of the most competitive labor markets the insurance industry has ever seen, talent is a top priority for most leaders. Although recruiting difficulty remains at its highest point, the majority of insurers are still planning to add to their teams in the next year. Read this article to explore more valuable insights into the recruiting climate and talent outlook. 

Building Your Personal Brand and the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Presented at Emerging Leaders Conference

As you progress in your career, a well-defined personal brand and high emotional intelligence are powerful tools for moving ahead. Create an impactful and cohesive personal brand that highlights your natural talents and skills, while growing your emotional intelligence to positively impact your working relationships and attract opportunities. Download our presentation to explore how to best utilize emotional intelligence and create a personal brand to positively impact your career trajectory.

PULSE of the U.S. Insurance Industry: August 2022

The insurance industry unemployment rate slightly decreased to 2.1% in July. PULSE serves as a supplement to our quarterly newsletter, Compass, by providing an overview of the industry's current labor market on a monthly basis. The feature includes insurance industry labor statistics and graphs to illustrate changes.

Recruitment and Retention: How Changing Expectations are Shaping the Future of Work

Presented at LOMA Supplemental Health, DI & LTC Conference

Long-term remote and hybrid work environments, blurring lines between personal and professional lives, and Generation Z’s entrance into the workforce are transforming the insurance industry’s employment landscape and reshaping the future of work. Insurers must infuse new tactics into traditional recruitment and retention strategies in order to attract, develop and build a bench of loyal employees. Download our presentation to explore best practices on redefining recruiting and retention plans within your organization to expand and diversify your talent pool.

Compass 15.3: Recruiting Redefined: Staying Competitive Amid Realignment

As the world has evolved throughout the past 2 and a half years, so has the state of recruiting. Explore best practices for refining the candidate experience and attracting top talent in the evolving employment landscape.

PULSE of the U.S. Insurance Industry: July 2022

The insurance industry unemployment rate slightly increased to 2.8% in June. PULSE serves as a supplement to our quarterly newsletter, Compass, by providing an overview of the industry's current labor market on a monthly basis. The feature includes insurance industry labor statistics and graphs to illustrate changes.

Episode 7: Preparing for Board Service: Expert Insights

Serving on a corporate board can be a rewarding and valuable experience in many ways. The Jacobson Group’s co-CEO Greg Jacobson recently sat down with two industry leaders to discuss the qualities of successful directors and how insurance executives can most effectively prepare for a board seat. Donna Zarcone, who currently sits on the boards of Cigna, CDW, The Duchossois Group and Quinnox; and Dave Michelson, who sits on the board of FedNat and is president of DWM Consulting and advisor at a number of technology companies, share their vast experiences and advice for those pursuing board service.

Effective Leadership in the Virtual Environment

Presented at SOA Health Meeting

Fully remote and hybrid work is here to stay and actuarial leaders are continuing to evolve their styles and strategies to accommodate shifting needs. In order to build engaged and future-focused teams, leaders must refine their management approach and be intentional about helping employees build relationships and connect to the organization's culture. Download our presentation to learn how actuarial leaders can boost productivity among their staff to meet business goals and move forward in the new working environment.

 

Recruiting for Skills, Not Experience

Presented at IASA Xchange Annual Meeting

The insurance industry remains a candidate-driven market and competition for innovative and future-oriented professionals is increasing. By taking an approach that focuses on skills, not experience, insurers are able to be more inclusive in their hiring and reach a broader talent pool of diverse individuals. This presentation will explore actionable steps for expanding their candidate pools, interviewing for skills, and supporting DEI efforts. 

PULSE of the U.S. Insurance Industry: June 2022

The insurance industry unemployment rate slightly increased to 2.3% in May. PULSE serves as a supplement to our quarterly newsletter, Compass, by providing an overview of the industry's current labor market on a monthly basis. The feature includes insurance industry labor statistics and graphs to illustrate changes.

2022 Underwriting Trends Guide

Learn which upcoming trends will drive the underwriting industry forward this year. Insurers are continuing to experience the most competitive labor market in recent history. From intensifying recruiting difficulty to shifting candidate expectations, the underwriting function must adapt to a changing industry.

PULSE of the U.S. Insurance Industry: May 2022

The insurance industry unemployment rate slightly decreased to 1.4% in April. PULSE serves as a supplement to our quarterly newsletter, Compass, by providing an overview of the industry's current labor market on a monthly basis. The feature includes insurance industry labor statistics and graphs to illustrate changes.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Presented at NAMIC Webinar Series

In an increasingly complex and shifting business environment, the definition of what makes a strong leader has evolved, especially in light of the pandemic. Those at the helm must thrive during uncertainty, champion inclusivity, continually innovate and inspire, and engage a diverse workforce. Download our presentation to learn how to identify and grow necessary skills among current high performers and ways to recruit for skills to fill any talent gaps.

Competing for Claims Talent

Published in CLM Magazine

How can insurers take a proactive strategy to compete for claims talent? To create future-proof teams, leaders must build strategic long-term career plans to foster growth and loyalty within their organization. This article highlights results from our and Aon's Q1 2022 U.S. Insurance Labor Market Study and shares key considerations for competitively approaching talent acquisition.

Building Long-Term Loyalty in a Hybrid Environment

Presented at Life Insurance Conference

The fully remote and hybrid environments that emerged amid the pandemic require leaders to refine their management styles and intentionally facilitate a sense of connection with their teams regardless of work location. Organizations are increasingly turning to tailored retention and development plans that align with individual values, needs and career aspirations, ultimately improving employee engagement and productivity.

Compass 15.2 Retaining Top Talent in Today's Competitive Labor Market

As the candidate’s market continues to intensify and recruiting difficulty hits an all-time high, retaining talent is more important than ever. Formal retention strategies should be a key area of focus within your organization. Explore comprehensive strategies for effectively retaining engaged and loyal teams in today's challenging environment.

Boardroom View 4.1: Traits and Behaviors of the Most Effective Directors

As insurance organizations continue to evolve in this ever-changing business climate, so does the role of its board of directors. Often selected with a strategic purpose in mind, each board member plays a distinct, essential role in effective governance. This issue's feature article highlights several behaviors that help set the best directors apart.

Redefining Leadership Development

Published in Insurance Journal

The role of a great leader continues to evolve, but while most insurers are focused on growing employees’ technical abilities, many are overlooking the importance of interpersonal and leadership skills in their career development plans. In this article for Insurance Journal, The Jacobson Group’s Julie Dunn shares how leadership development is being redefined as new business demands and expectations are met with shifting challenges and priorities.

Transforming Talent Strategies for the New Employment Landscape

Presented at NAMIC Human Resources Summit

Between "The Great Resignation" and "the Great Reshuffle", how are insurers adjusting to the industry's changing employment landscape? There’s a realignment of talent taking place as long-term remote and hybrid environments become the norm, individuals reevaluate their personal and professional priorities, and Generation Z continues to enter the workplace. This presentation discusses how insurers must adapt and transform their recruitment and retention practices in the new work environment.

Developing a Talent-Driven Culture that Transcends Locations

Presented at APCIA Human Resources Conference
 
As the war for talent rages on, developing a strong corporate culture that translates beyond the physical office is key to a successful talent strategy. In order to attract and retain top talent, HR leaders must be intentional about developing a corporate culture that permeates from leaders to individual contributors and in both the physical and remote setting. Download our presentation to explore the three distinct levels of culture and its impact on developing an engaged and productive workforce.
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