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A New Angle on Continuous Learning and Development

    Admit it, company-mandated training is something none of us look forward to. Being told to do something as part of a tick-box exercise doesn’t fill us with the motivation to sit up and take notice. As a whole, many people don’t understand the value of continual learning and development. You can mandate training, …

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IHRS Podcast: Trends In Insurance Industry Training

Episode 5 of the Insurance HR Solutions (IHRS) podcast is now live. Katherine Watkins is joined by our own Andy Payne to discuss the latest trends in training and the need to ensure the insurance industry is more widely recognised as a profession. Listen via the link below or search for ‘The IHRS Podcast” on …

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Return To Face-to-Face Training

  After what has been a very turbulent year for everyone, we are delighted to announce that we are beginning a phased return to face-to-face learning. Details for all up-coming face-to-face sessions can be found on this page. Our 2021 face-to-face sessions will be held at Sutton Specialist Risks Ltd, Bull Wharf, Redcliff Street, Bristol, …

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Coaching for managers under the SM&CR regime

Are you the sort of manager who tells and instructs your team what to do? Or are you the manager who is curious to know what your team have to say first before maybe helping them out with a suggestion or two? When company standards are vague and unenforced, employees can feel adrift at sea without …

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General Insurance Pricing Practices – Final Rules Published

The FCA has published its long awaited General Insurance Pricing Practices Policy Statement, all 200+ pages of it. It represents one of the biggest regulatory changes in years. PS 21/5: General insurance pricing practices market study (fca.org.uk) Generally, the FCA has implemented the policy as per the related Consultation Paper although there are a few …

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Race and Equality in the Workplace

25th May 2021 marked the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, an African American man killed in police custody. It was a pivotal moment that shook the world and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement gained worldwide recognition, gaining 24 million visitors to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) website in …

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Back to work: Employer considerations

Are you keen to understand how best to get teams back into the office and working in a more ‘normal’ environment as lockdown restrictions ease over the coming weeks? We know brokers and business leaders across the country are concerned about how to handle staff returning to the office. Knowing what you should and should …

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Culture and Compliance: The Key to Business Success

    Interpreting and adapting key principles to ensure that compliance is embedded into an organisation’s structure is vital to determining a business’ success. Although the key considerations may vary from business to business, most of these principles can be adapted. A recent virtual speech, delivered by FCA executive director of enforcement Mark Steward, highlighted …

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Paws for thought:

Are pets in the workplace the next standard wellness initiative? According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, a total of 3.2 million households in the UK have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic. That means the country now has 17 million pet owning homes and there are both pros and cons to …

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Anxious about returning to work? You’re not alone.

Are you anxious about returning to work after lockdown? If you are feeling anxious and stressed about returning to work, know that you are not alone. With lockdown restrictions continuing to ease once more and Covid vaccines becoming increasingly available, the focus has shifted again to thoughts around returning to the workplace. Although a return …

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Make Your Staff Training Programme Work For You

Investing in effective staff training for your employees may mean the difference between success and failure Recently we had the pleasure of catching up with revered CII trainer, Diane Jenkins to ask how brokers and business firms alike can reap the benefits of staff training, as well as some of the pitfalls that businesses can …

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Specialist HR Solutions for insurance firms

    “What is IHRS?” we hear you ask! Insurance HR Solutions is the HR arm of the UKGI group with a specialist offering of HR services specifically tailored to the needs of  insurance businesses who do not have their own internal HR function. This week, we caught up with IHRS’ Head of Consultancy – …

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10 Things You Need to Know About The SM&CR Deadline

The deadline for Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) compliance is fast approaching. Let us help you prepare! By 31 March 2021 all FCA solo-regulated firms must have undertaken the first assessment of the fitness and propriety of their Certified Persons and provided role specific conduct rules training to their Conduct Rules Staff. Here are …

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Class is in session – Welcome to Searchlight’s virtual classroom

Over the past 12 months, we have seen a dramatic shift in how training is delivered. From small businesses to big enterprises, everyone seems to be recognizing the benefits of a receiving training via webinar. As professional events and trade shows are getting cancelled around the world because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, more of …

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How to maintain Millennial talent and show the seasoned executives a thing or two about technology

According to Harvard Business Review and using BNY Mellon, the American Investment Bank as an example, companies are struggle to retain Millennials (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) and the New Generation (born after 1996). Part of the problem, it would seem is that companies are not staying relevant to the younger consumers. In response …

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How Coaching can facilitate business transformation in a VUCA world – A practical guide

Meet VUCA, the new normal VUCA (pronounced voo–ka) is an acronym for: Volatility – things are changing quickly but not in any predictable way Uncertainty – past experience is not a relevant indication of likely future events so planning for the future is extremely difficult Complexity – there are countless causes to a problem, and …

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Operational Resilience: Is Your Firm Ready?

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin   Have you ever wondered how your team would respond to a crisis, or if your firm’s disaster recovery and business continuity measures are suitable? When it comes to increasing operational resilience for major organisations such as those within the Financial Services sector, there …

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Leadership in the Time of Covid-19

2020 – A year many of us will remember, probably for all the wrong reasons. Business leaders have undoubtedly had the most challenging experience of their careers, putting on a brave face and leading their organisations through the COVID-19 crisis. Many businesses have had to make difficult decisions, whether it is having to make employees …

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