Temporary talent is an important component of a comprehensive human capital plan. Insurance organizations must be nimble and able to quickly calibrate to support workloads, busy seasons, employee leaves and special projects. As the gig economy grows and becomes more commonplace, the ability to effectively leverage short-term employees is imperative.
As you’ve probably noticed, it is taking longer to fill positions than ever before—that is, if you can fill them at all. Fewer qualified candidates are submitting their resumes and your recruiters have no choice but to tirelessly tap passive industry professionals hoping the opportunity catches their interest. How did we get here?
Today’s claims executives are concerned. Worry about how they will survive without their soon-to-retire skilled claims professionals keeps them up at night. Even worse, departments have fewer candidates on the bench to fill those soon-to-be vacant positions. Even when executives look outside their departments for talent, non-local candidates are less willing to relocate, as many of them consider flexible work arrangements a major benefit to consider in evaluating job opportunities.
In today’s candidate-driven market, requiring physical presence for claims staff certainly complicates recruiting strategies. Work-at-home (WAH) is a popular practice for many industries already, but some insurers are reluctant to promise it to their employees and candidates.
Odds are you have probably heard my colleagues or me talk in length about the insurance talent crisis. You have likely also heard us discuss the importance of upgrading salaries, culture and more in order to recruit and retain top talent. Were you listening? And more importantly, have you pivoted your strategies as a result?
Follow along as I debunk eight popular insurance talent myths. Then take action to gain an upper hand in securing the best talent.
For the past several years, insurance industry thought leaders have publicly promoted and emphasized the importance of attracting Millennials and Gen Zers to the insurance industry. Citing the looming talent crisis and young professionals’ lack of interest in insurance careers, the industry collaborated across organizations and gave birth to numerous publicity campaigns.