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Being thrown under the bus: Why directors should worry about deferred prosecution agreements

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A theme to which I frequently return is the potential for conflicts of interest between companies and their senior management. I do so — not to scaremonger — but to challenge the often held assumption that, provided they have not … Continue reading →

Why now is an opportune time to revisit your employee assistance program

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Despite their potential, EAPs have historically been under-used by employees, with observed utilization rates of about 3%-5% reported by some Willis Towers Watson clients. But employers can use the programs to enhance overall employee wellbeing. Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Creating an intentional subsidy strategy (Part 5 in series)

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Many companies are spending significant sums each year to provide employee benefits that may not be needed or valued by their employees. How can employers help ensure that their benefits contribute to the attraction, retention, wellbeing and engagement of employees? Continue reading →

3 types of enterprise risk management and their roles in strategy

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There are many ways for enterprise risk management to be strategic, even without the risk reward component. But if you are a CRO and want to be seen as an obvious contributor to strategy, you need to keep the four stages of strategy and the contributions that your ERM program can make in mind throughout the year. Continue reading →

Settlement deliberations are not privileged

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You sit on the board of a company which is sued for £100 million. The company’s lawyers advise that the claim is a try-on and should be resisted. Three years later, after £2 million has been spent on defense costs … Continue reading →

4 key steps to business strategy for CROs

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When we talked to 20 insurance executives about enterprise risk management and strategy, most responded to our questions with suggestions of how ERM teams could become more successful by interacting with planning and budgeting colleagues. But there’s more to strategy than planning and budgeting. Continue reading →

Start with these 3 functions when thinking about enterprise risk management

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This post is part of our “A Year in the Life of the Strategic CRO” series and is the first of three posts that will focus on the foundational elements of strategic enterprise risk management. How and which aspects of … Continue reading →

Why your employee wellbeing program needs to include a focus on financial wellbeing

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I’ve spent my entire career in benefits – first with a medical carrier, then with ancillary benefits carriers, and now by helping clients design and implement programs for their employees. While I have learned to quote deductibles, coinsurance, and explain … Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Responding to employee expectations for choice and personalization (Part 4 in a series)

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Part 4 in a 7-part series: Evolving the Benefit Mindset In this series, experts from Willis Towers Watson identify areas of focus critical for the successful implementation of a benefits strategy in a time of increased automation, uncertainty and changing … Continue reading →

How employers can provide impactful financial wellbeing programs: Insights from the Employee Financial Wellbeing Conference

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“Why should we offer a financial wellbeing program? What’s in it for us?” For most large employers, that’s how the conversation started only a few years ago. It’s since evolved. We’re no longer talking about whether these efforts matter or … Continue reading →