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Midyear update: Most dangerous risks for insurers in 2018
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:00:41 +0000
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In January, we wrote about 2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers, highlighting what more than 200 insurance managers cited as the top 10 risks to watch for the year. Now that we’re midway through 2018, it’s time to take a …

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What can defined benefit and defined contribution plans learn from one another?
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:28:00 +0000
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I’m always trying to teach my children skills to prepare them for life. I’ve been around a while, and hope I can use my experience to help them on their journey. However, there are lots of occasions when it’s the …

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8 key takeaways from Willis Towers Watson’s HR Software and Solutions Conference
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:23:06 +0000
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The world of work and talent is changing rapidly, driven by generational shifts, skills shortages, digital transformation and a host of other market forces. And it’s because of these changes that HR professionals are in a key position to help …

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Want to create a cyber-resilient organization? Start with your board of directors
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:16:23 +0000
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No company — regardless of size or stature — is immune from cyberattack. Given their pervasiveness, it’s no longer enough to have a thorough, carefully constructed plan to mitigate against cyber risk. The thinking “It won’t happen to me because …

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Three tips for senior managers seeking to avoid reputational damage
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:33:48 +0000
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A theme to which I often return is the extent to which there is scope for divergence of interest between individuals and their employers, especially in the context of regulatory investigations. For more, see my blog, Supreme Court victory for …

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Learning about natural hazards: A recap of Willis Research Network’s spring seminar series
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:02 +0000
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This past spring, Willis Research Network (WRN) hosted a series of morning seminars that featured a number of research projects and partners. Topics ranged from severe convective storms to corporate risk profiling, and included findings from some of the WRN’s …

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Want to create a better employee experience? Understand and embrace the complexity
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:00:46 +0000
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Employee experience offers a way for organizations to drive success by connecting with their people on an emotional level in moments that matter. But how can organizations enhance the employee experience in an increasingly fragmented world? The artist Paul Cezanne …

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Don’t let your actuaries sit on the bench on IFRS17
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:07:59 +0000
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IFRS17 may be an accounting standard, but getting ready for it requires serious actuarial input. The January 1, 2021 live date for the new international insurance accounting standard, IFRS17, is somewhat deceptive. The reality is that, due to the need …

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4 ways the HR role is pivotal to M&A success (Part 4 in a series)
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:07:14 +0000
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If you’ve been following this series, you know that your workforce is likely changing due to increased automation. You also know that Total Rewards strategies are likely to undergo significant transformation in the next few years. And that it’s time …

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Overwhelmed by base pay? 4 steps to get it right
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:36:17 +0000
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Is there any corporate activity that takes up as much management time as the annual merit increase process? So much is expected of it, yet companies and employees consistently tell us it’s not working and no longer fit for purpose. …

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