Focus on Growing Staff Driving Search for Alternate Staffing Strategies

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Oct 5, 2015 9:26:38 AM

The results from our latest Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study are now in! With full employment and positive staffing predictions, the insurance industry is enjoying its return to its pre-recession state.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), insurance unemployment reached 2.3 percent in August and is expected to hover between one and three percent through the remainder of the year. In addition, the rate of expected hiring has reached the second highest level in the history of the study, with 65 percent of organizations reporting that they are planning to increase their staffs. Further, nearly half of all companies are planning to increase their staffs by at least two percent in the coming year. The primary drivers for this anticipated staffing growth is an increase in business volume and a focus on filling areas that are currently understaffed.

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Topics: Labor Market, Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, Healthcare

Connectivity is Key to a Successful Telecommuting Program

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 25, 2015 10:15:42 AM

So, you’ve purchased the extra laptops, invested in remote workspace technology and developed a flexible work schedule. You’re all ready to take a step back and let your organization’s telecommuting program take off, right? Wrong.

Simply putting the technology in place and enabling your employees to work at home will not automatically result in a productive business. In order for your flexible work initiative to be successful, your organization requires effective and engaging management. With team members in and out of the office, it is extremely important that leaders create a sense of connectivity and comradery.

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Topics: Labor Market, Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, Retention

Open Enrollment: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 11, 2015 2:58:00 PM

It is my pleasure to introduce a guest blogger for this latest post. Abbe Sodikoff is a senior vice president and health sales manager here at Jacobson, providing leadership to our subject matter experts health services team. Her insights into open enrollment are worth a read. Enjoy…

The 2016 healthcare open enrollment period is nearly here. Slated to run from November 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016, this year’s enrollment season marks the third year since the introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Despite having two enrollment periods already completed, insurers still struggle with how to handle the influx of new customers during this peak period.

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Topics: PPACA, Healthcare

Today’s Business Mandate: The Search for Authentic Leadership

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jul 23, 2015 8:38:47 AM

There is a growing movement within the business world toward authentic leadership. Just what is this emerging new style of leadership and how can business leaders adopt it? 

As Margaret Resce Milkint, Jacobson’s managing partner, discussed in our latest edition of Compass, employees are looking for a new kind of business leader. Having experienced drastic labor cuts, dishonest business practices and more, there is a growing feeling of distrust in business leaders. Professionals are demanding trustworthy leaders who they can put their faith in. 

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Topics: Retention

Is "Job Hopping" No Longer Passé?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Once considered “career suicide,” having a resume with multiple short tenures was a sure fire way to get your job application immediately discarded. However, the volatile business climate of the last few years has resulted in a permanent mindset shift away from job longevity.

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Topics: Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, Healthcare

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