5 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work (Even if It’s Your Kitchen)

By Stephen Milioti on 17 Apr 2020

With social distancing mandates in effect across much of the country, many people working in industries deemed “non-essential” are doing their work from home. And while the constant stream of COVID-19 news, in addition to caretaking or homeschooling responsibilities, can make it hard to stay focused on work, modifying your space can help. An organized and visually appealing work area can help you feel more productive — and more relaxed. 

Tips for elevating your home workspace.  Read Here:

https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-make-your-home-office-work-231679/

3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout

by Laura M. Giurge and Vanessa K. Bohns

Harvard Business Review

April 03, 2020

Summary

“As millions of employees around the world have had to make a sudden and unprecedented shift to remote work amid the coronavirus pandemic, many might find themselves feeling like they need to work all the time to signal their devotion and productivity — and, as a result, may struggle to create healthy boundaries.  Even more than before, afternoons will blend with evenings, and weekdays will blend with weekend days, leaving a sense of little time off. So, how can we “leave our work at the door” if we are no longer going out the door? Research shows it will be important to: 1) maintain physical and social boundaries; 2) maintain boundaries on how you use your time; and 3) focus on your most important work”

Letter from our President

Hello IAASE members – 

There have been many changes since our last conference.  We have a new logo, we are now on LinkedIn, an updated website, planning for the 2020 Annual Conference and COVID-19.

Our new normal with COVID-19:  We are planning the conference with the hope and optimism of getting through this pandemic but we know the virus dictates the timeline. “We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.  If the conference does get canceled, you will receive a 100% refund of any registration fees paid. We will be re-evaluating our position with the hotel at a later date.  In the meantime, at least for this conference, we need to plan as if everything will be fine.  We hope this will pass sooner than later and will see you in August!” See the attached full message from the IAASE President.

With the updated website all the original content has been moved over and the annual conference details will be contained in the website.  We have also made our presence known on LinkedIn, providing you updated industry information, regional premium audit job postings and local auditor association meeting details. Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn for regional updates.

Website:     www.iaase.net

LinkedIn:     IAASE_LinkedIn

Conference Details:  www.iaase.net/2020-annual-seminar

Sincerely,

IAASE Board

Insurance Auditors Association of the Southeast

2764 Pleasant Road, Suite A
PMB 10634
Fort Mill, SC 29708

The 5 Most Important Job Skills for the Future

Bernard Marr, Internationally best-selling author, keynote speaker and leading business and data expert

Article Excerpt

“Our workplaces are changing, and the changes are dramatic. Professionals need to pay attention to and prepare for the workplaces of the future. An important aspect of this preparation is to develop the job skills that will help you succeed and thrive in the new reality of the next decade. Consider how your own career has evolved over the last five years, and you can imagine how much it may change in the next five. These are the most important job skills for the future, and there’s no better time than now to start building them.”

www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-most-important-job-skills-future-bernard-marr

Our First Blog Post 2020

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

Welcome to the new blog format of our longstanding Columns and Rows Newsletter.

2019 in Review

In the midst of planning the annual seminar, we lost our executive manager and the IAASE board members had to put their heads together to finish the job. It took months of planning, and Kudos go to the board who worked hard to produce a terrific seminar with a great turnout in Charlotte, NC in October 2019.

There is surprisingly a lot to do to put together a seminar, starting with researching venues, investigating locations conducive to a good turnout, obtaining rate quotes for rooms and amenities, all of which requires a great deal of follow up.

A huge thanks goes to Ashika Weeks for building the conference website and sending out periodic email blasts to solicit more volunteers. Another huge thanks goes to Keith West and Dean Hare for keeping an eye on the finances, so we did not go over budget. A big thanks to every volunteer who worked the registration desk at the conference, handing out programs packets, badges, lanyards and answering a thousand questions.

Sponsors helped cover the cost of our meals, breaks and Sunday reception. This years exhibitors were Accelevant Premium Audit, EXL Services, Insurance Audit Services, NEIS and Wilkinson Insurance Services.

Speakers this year came from all aspects of the industry, including the North Carolina Rating Bureau, premium fee audit, carrier aspect, fronting and fraud, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and the Premium Audit Advisory Service.

Topics included the rating bureau’s role in premium audit, QuickBooks tips for auditors, what’s new at NCCI, managing remote employees, premium audit considerations of a new insurance company, impact of premium audit on fronting for P & C coverages, PAAS’ take on construction challenges and the tools to help fight premium fraud.

We are new this blog thing and just getting going, so stay tuned for more.

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IAASE will also send periodic emails out to all members reminding that new content is available.

Don’t worry, we won’t SPAM anyone!

From the President:

Keith West, Senior VP of Operations/Wilkinson Insurance Services, IAASE President 17-18

WOW!  Another year is on the books.  I want to start by thanking all of the members of the IAASE for their continued support of our association.  We have a solid, steady membership and are making efforts to broaden our base with additional members.  This begins with the local chapter.  If you know of someone not involved in a local chapter for their area, please encourage them to visit one of the local chapter meetings, direct them to the IAASE website or have them contact one of our board members for more information.  There is nothing better in the industry of premium audit than collaboration with our fellow peers.

As we embark on 2019 let’s focus on what makes our jobs possible…people!  Are people hard to work with sometimes?  Yes, we are!  What makes us a “complete body” as an association is the diversity that each of us brings to the table.  Without the individuality of everyone being different, we may never get anything accomplished.  If we choose to set aside our own egos and make the development of the IAASE our focus, we will increase its outreach and affect on the premium audit industry in the Southeast.  I challenge you in 2019 to find at least one person in the premium audit industry that you do not know and establish a working friendship.  Lean on each other for advice, opinions, problem resolution, etc.!  After that, each of you find one more, that would make four.  Then the four of you reach one more each, that makes eight.  Can you see the impact we can have in IAASE region if we make this a goal?

For 2019, determine what “YOU” can do to make the IAASE better. Will it be:

  • An outstanding article submitted for publication?
  • A practice problem and solution of something you have encountered in your daily audit work?
  • Volunteering in a local chapter to promote the IAASE?
  • Finding out you can serve the IAASE as a board member or officer

What will you choose to make a difference?  All participation is greatly appreciated!  When many hands are involved, the workload is lightened and much more is accomplished.  I trust 2019 will be a profitable year for everyone.

Keith