How our teams are staying connected

It’s week five of working from home, and teams across the organization are continuing to get creative with ways to staying connected. Whether it’s setting up weekly video calls or playing guessing games via email, it’s encouraging and fun to see colleagues stay in touch with one another. Here are just some examples we’ve seen so far!

At the beginning of each month, the one of our teams meets outside of the office for a rejuvenation walk. To keep the tradition going, they went on their own walks around their neighborhoods along with their at-home colleagues. Check out the photos below from their strolls with their home team.

Various photo sharing activities are among some of the more popular ways teams are staying connected. Our Financial Services team played “Whose Workstation is This?” where the team had to guess whose home work area it is. Now, they’ve moved on to “Whose Artwork is This?” and have asked members of the team to submit photos of a piece of artwork of any medium in their homes. Once the correct person is selected, they then give a background story of that piece.

Many of our offices have also hosted virtual happy hours and mid-day check-ins. Our Boston office every other week gets together for “media club” where office members meet to discuss recent shows they’ve watched, books they’ve read, etc.

It’s great to see teams collaborating in such creative ways. Virtual connections are the new normal, and we look forward to seeing more of these interactions.

Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day with the IICF

Many of our employees, customers and partners are undergoing a period of adjustment as they settle into new routines. Working from home, social distancing navigating a new normal. On top of this, we know there is an added level of complexity for parents who are working and simultaneously caring for children at home while daycares and schools are closed.

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is hoping to help! They have developed an online resource aimed at supplementing children’s literacy activities while they are at home or remote learning.

Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day is a free, bilingual and research-based multimedia program that leverages the beloved Sesame Street characters to reach and motivate young children, their families and caregivers to make the most of everyday opportunities to talk, read and write together.

For more information visit

COVID-19 Resources

As today’s environment continues to rapidly evolve, we are all focused on maintaining service levels and remaining aware of COVID-19’s impact on our customers. Given the latest federal social distancing guidelines, all of us at OneBeacon will continue working from home at least through April. In the meantime, below are several resources we thought you may find helpful.

General COVID-19 Resources
Health & Safety Institute: this dedicated COVID-19 “digital toolbox” offers access to curated content from WHO, OSHA, the CDC and other trusted sources. Materials include videos, podcasts, training courses and other relevant tools.

Industry Voices
American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) offers COVID-19 related rules, regulations and insurance department communications.

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) content highlighting COVID-19’s impact on the commercial insurance industry.

Insurance Information Institute’s (I.I.I.) recent NAIC presentation addressing COVID-19’s impact on our industry.

Working from home Materials:

  • OSHA tips for productivity and wellness.
  • Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) long-time early literacy partnership with the Sesame Workshop offers “Every day is a reading and writing day” resource for employees or customers who are working from home while also caring for young children.

Cyber Awareness
Cyber criminals understand vulnerability and are using the public’s preoccupation with COVID-19 for targeted cybercrimes. Our recent blog post offers several precautionary tips.

Update & Questions
We will continue to provide updates as necessary. We particularly appreciate your business and friendship during these challenging times. Be well.