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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

Keep Your Employees Engaged as the Temperature Heats Up

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jul 9, 2015 8:59:00 AM

The dog days of summer are here and with them come ice cream socials, trips to the beach, softball games, and backyard barbeques. As the weather heats up, many organizations are seeing their employee engagement drop. According to Captivate Network, the “lazy days of summer” often have a significantly negative impact on the workforce. Organizations report a 20 percent drop in productivity and a 15 percent increase in project turnaround times. In addition, there is an uptick in distracted workers by 45 percent and a drop in attendance by nearly 19 percent.

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

Where have all the underwriters gone?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jun 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Insurers are having a difficult time finding and recruiting underwriting talent. But what exactly is to blame for this growing talent shortage? 

Insurance underwriting unemployment is nearly four times lower than the national rate and nearly half the overall insurance rate. With virtually non-existent unemployment, the pool of potential talent is tightening, making it more and more difficult to find and recruit underwriters.   

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Topics: Labor Market

Can Work-At-Home Benefit Your Organization?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jun 22, 2015 10:08:00 AM

The work-at-home movement is taking off within the business world. Already, it is estimated that 30 million professionals in the U.S. are working from home at least once a week. According to a study by the Telework Research Network, that number is expected to increase by 63 percent in the next five years. While The Jacobson Group has had a few employees working from home for over a decade, we just officially launched a companywide telecommuting program.  

Jacobson has come face to face with some immediate growing pains after expanding far beyond what we originally anticipated when we signed the lease for our new Chicago headquarters a few years ago. While this is a good problem to have, the reality is that we are running out of desks for all of our exceptional employees and are implementing a work-at-home policy for qualified staff.  

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Topics: Retention

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