Have a Policy in Place for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, an ideal time to remind employees about the risks involved with shifting your focus behind the wheel. From texting to inputting directions on a GPS, the temptation to multitask while driving is all around us. And when we lose our focus, even momentarily, it is difficult to operate a vehicle safely, reasonably and responsibly.

If an employee is involved in an accident while distracted, the employer may be held liable for injuries or damages. The good news is that distracted driving is preventable. This article by OneBeacon Financial Services President Craig Collins outlines preventative measures and policies employers can implement to help protect their company, its employees and everyone else on the road.

Celebrating Women in Insurance

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women’s contributions to society as well as to our industry. From underwriters to senior executives, a wide range of occupations within the insurance industry are held by women. According to the Insurance Information Institute, women accounted for nearly 60% of our industry’s workforce last year. We caught up with a few OneBeacon women who shared their experience working in insurance.

OneBeacon Accident Group President Lori Cernera says the industry has given her ample room to use her skills and foster collaborative teams. “I don’t identify as a woman in the insurance industry,” says Lori, “but rather as an insurance professional who has had the opportunity to stimulate career growth for my teammates and colleagues. It’s been a blast!”

Actuarial’s Holly High, a Predictive Modeling Specialist, says she is thankful to be a part of an industry that offers fantastic opportunities for women. “The industry has allowed me to utilize my skills and background to grow both personally and professionally,” added Holly.

Brenda Craig, who oversees OneBeacon Healthcare’s Medical Facilities & Senior Living Organization divisions, says her favorite part about working in insurance is introducing young people to the industry and watching them enjoy rewarding careers.

Though Women’s History Month is coming to a close, we are grateful year-round for women’s contributions – and commitment – to our industry!

Know a woman in insurance who’s inspired your career? Add your comments here.

Virtual & Augmented Reality: Ready or Not, It’s Here!

In the technology industry, we’re always on the lookout for the next new thing. From social media to gaming to life science, we can always be assured of emerging opportunities to improve our business and personal experiences. On the near-term horizon is the more prevalent use of virtual reality and augmented reality devices for both commercial and leisure activities. “Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Next Major Computing and Communication Platform” authored by OneBeacon Technology Risk Control Specialist Tushar Nandwana is the subject of our latest whitepaper. The whitepaper defines the technology, discusses the brands currently – or shortly – offering VR/AR devices and describes their varied applications. As well, it discusses the risks associated with VR and AR, including inherent limitations and concerns.

To access our complete technology whitepapers library, visit our website.

Government Risks Exhibiting at Missouri Small Agency Conference

Financial Services Exhibiting at the ICBA National Convention

OneBeacon Financial Services’ Gary Tannenbaum and Barbara Winsor are excited to meet with members of the banking community at the 2016 Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention. Our Financial Services team will be exhibiting at booth #609 from March 6-7.

ICBA’s five-day “Community Banking LIVE” event begins on Sunday, March 6 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will cover topics such as bank performance, interest rate risk, regulation and much more. Learn more about the event>>