Celebrating Insurance Careers Month

This month we are teaming up with our industry colleagues to commemorate the second annual “Insurance Careers Month.” This industry initiative unites members of the insurance community to raise awareness of insurance as a desirable career choice. With nearly half of insurance professionals expected to retire within the next 15 years, we realize how critical it is to attract young talent to our workforce. During this month’s awareness campaign, we joined others in inspiring the next generation by sharing intriguing facts, career insights, tips and general information about insurance.

So, why choose a career in insurance?

Opportunity and growth, according to OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Business Development Brad York.

 

Challenge, stability and satisfaction, according to millennial Laura Peterson’s InsureMyPath.com blog. Laura, a member of OneBeacon Government Risks, shares an inspiring story about joining the industry.

A commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders. OneBeacon is committed to fostering insurance knowledge among students and supporting risk management programs across the U.S. Earlier this week, OneBeacon launched its annual scholarship program, which awards 16 graduating high-school seniors with $2,000 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year. This month we are also attending two college career fairs. Although located in different states, our goal at these events is common: offer career opportunities to tomorrow’s leaders and spread awareness about our industry.

For more insights and tips related to Insurance Careers Month, we invite you to follow @OneBeaconJobs on Twitter.

Lifting the Haze on Medical Marijuana Use

While there are currently 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana use, laws regarding employment practices and general policies vary in each state. Additionally, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, further putting a disadvantage on cardholders for protection in the workplace.

Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana in the Public Sector Workplace is a recent article co-written by OneBeacon Government Risks Claims Examiner Sarah Schmitz. Published in the Winter 2016 edition of Litigation Management, the article outlines the various statutes and laws in certain states, and steps that public sector employers and employees can take to educate themselves on medical marijuana use, possession and storage.

Please take a moment to read the entire article and share the link with others that may be interested in this topic.

 

2016 College Scholarship Applications Available!

We’re excited to announce that we are once again awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. Graduating high-school seniors who are children of our employees or producers are eligible to receive these $2,000 awards. Applying is easy – simply download the application and review the program brochure!

Completed materials, including a transcript, must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15. Materials should be mailed to:

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Recipients will be announced in early June, and these one-time awards will apply toward the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Please direct all questions to the program administer, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

 

Click for a Diagnosis: The Emergence of Telemedicine

One of the more exciting opportunities afforded by technology is expanded access to medical expertise. Whether to serve those who live in remote areas or to engage far-flung specialists for second opinions, the advances of medical field are becoming increasingly available through this technology.

Telemedicine: Connecting the Healthcare Continuum” is the subject of our latest whitepaper authored by OneBeacon Technology Risk Control Specialist Norine McVann. The whitepaper defines telemedicine, outlines its current features/services delivered and its emerging usage. It also discusses telemedicine’s drawbacks and exposures.

We invite you to download this whitepaper and share it with those who may be interested in the subject matter. To browse our entire inventory of technology-focused whitepapers, visit our online library. Thanks for your interest!

Be Romantic – and Practical – this Valentine’s Day

Many will surprise their loved ones with special gifts this Valentine’s Day, including expensive jewelry. Purchasing engagement rings and other jewelry is a romantic gesture, but should also involve practical thinking. After purchasing that pricey piece, consider adding the additional gift of insurance coverage. While there is no way to insure the sentimental value of such a gift, having the right amount of insurance will provide financial protection, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). This Valentine’s Day, follow the I.I.I.’s steps to ensure adequate protection for the valuables of your loved ones.

Financial Services to Attend ABA National Conference Feb. 14-17

Members of our Financial Services group will be in attendance at the American Bankers Association (ABA) National Conference for Community Bankers. The event is being held at the JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert, California from February 14-17.

Financial Services’ Craig Collins, Tammy Placzek and Becky Riekofski will join community banking CEOs and executives at the event. Session topics include interest rate risk, cybersecurity, non-interest income, industry issues and trends, legislative and regulatory updates, and management strategies.

To learn more, visit ABA’s event website.