Category Archives: human resources

Talent Shortage and Gap in Retirement

Here are the facts, and here’s what you can do about them. The insurance industry is amidst a turbulent time. Tons of people are retiring, and companies are having a hard time filling the gap with quality employees. We’ll give … Continue reading

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4 Easy Steps to Creating the Company Culture Your Employees Crave

When your employees arrive at work, what is it you want them to feel and think about your company? Maybe you’ve never thought about it before. But, how they “feel” is a reflection on you and the company culture you’ve … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Why Smart Execs Use Recruiters

In literal terms “to recruit” means “to raise or strengthen.”  Professional Recruiters strengthen the organization by raising the talent bar while saving valuable Employee Resources. It’s a widely known tactical practice that top executives use Third Party Search Consultants i.e. … Continue reading

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Questpro is Now the Preferred Recruiter for IIAT

IIAT is proud to announce a new partnership with insurance recruiting specialist Questpro that will help IIAT members hire, train and retain the next generation of insurance professionals. Questpro provides insurance agencies and companies with access to the best talent, whether … Continue reading

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BIG “I” Statement on Court Decision to Strike Down DOL Overtime Rule

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) recently released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs: “Last year the Big ‘I’, working with a … Continue reading

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From Charismatic Persuader to Knowledge Broker: The Evolving World of Sales

Today’s successful sales professional can no longer expect to show up, fill the room with personality, and win based on a persuasive presentation of features and benefits. The accelerated rate of change in the sales environment is evident in both … Continue reading

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Dress Codes in the Workplace

Warmer weather often brings more relaxed dress codes — that’s if your agency hasn’t already adopted a more relaxed dress code year-round. According to a 2016 Employee Benefits Survey by the Society of Human Resource Management, 83% of firms have … Continue reading

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Tips for Avoiding Liability when it Comes to Job References and Background Checks

This article is excerpted from Especially for Texas Employers. Texas law protects from defamation liability an employer who releases information about a current or former employee to a prospective new employer, unless “the information disclosed was known by that employer … Continue reading

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Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

In 2015, victims paid a collective $24 million in ransom and another $325 million to disinfect machines and restore backup data. In 2016, the cost was expected to total $1 billion. Ransomware is malicious software that locks one’s computer or … Continue reading

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In the Groove: 5 Steps for Onboarding New Producers

By Bill Harwood, co-founder and managing partner of New Level Partners, LLC, a learning and development company specializing in insurance New producers face a dual challenge when they join an agency: absorbing the massive range of information about their new … Continue reading

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