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Want to create a cyber-resilient organization? Start with your board of directors

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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 … Continue reading →

Three tips for senior managers seeking to avoid reputational damage

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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 … Continue reading →

Learning about natural hazards: A recap of Willis Research Network’s spring seminar series

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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 … Continue reading →

Want to create a better employee experience? Understand and embrace the complexity

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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 … Continue reading →

Don’t let your actuaries sit on the bench on IFRS17

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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 … Continue reading →

4 ways the HR role is pivotal to M&A success (Part 4 in a series)

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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 … Continue reading →

Overwhelmed by base pay? 4 steps to get it right (Part 1 in a series)

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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. … Continue reading →

Bloomberg Equality Summit: Data, ideas, action

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What does it take to move discussions about inclusion and diversity to action and change? This question was on the minds of the 400 corporate executives, academics and social leaders gathered for the recent Bloomberg Business of Equality Summit co-sponsored … Continue reading →

Avoid these 4 pitfalls to favorably resolve challenging environmental claims

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From obtaining a carrier’s consent before incurring costs, to a straightforward late claims notice, making an environmental insurance claim can be fraught with hazards. All can be avoided with early, accurate information. The most important test of environmental insurance comes … Continue reading →

What will tax reform mean for defined benefit pension investing?

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If you’re like me, tax season isn’t a time of the year I look forward to by any stretch. Gathering last year’s paperwork and navigating through the endless software that’s supposed to make filing easy isn’t a way I like … Continue reading →