The past year was one of ongoing change, redirection and flexibility. Insurers faced many challenges and had to evolve their ways of operating, communicating and servicing customers. As we enter 2021, priorities are continuing to shift and companies are adjusting their talent strategies to be most impactful.
Work environments have shifted dramatically in the past six months and human resources leaders are tasked with evaluating new team compositions, productivity measures, hiring techniques and more. As insurers work to understand the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic on their teams, people analytics can play an important role in making informed talent decisions.
In the past two months, insurers and their employees have been forced to adapt to a new business reality. Physical office locations are closed and some individuals are working from home for the first time in their careers. Other professionals may be accustomed to remote work, yet are now also responsible for educating their children, caring for family members and juggling additional responsibilities throughout their days. At the same time, many managers have never led completely remote teams, resulting in additional challenges and learning curves.
As insurance organizations undergo modernization efforts, the ability to successfully manage change is becoming increasingly important. According to an Accenture survey, 63 percent of executives say that in the next three years, they expect job growth to be driven by intelligent technologies. The World Economic Forum estimates 75 million jobs will be displaced by technology, with 133 million net new jobs being created. Some reports even suggest 65 percent of children entering primary school will end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet.