4 Ways Insurance is a Feel-Good Career
It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve got all the happy and positive thoughts on the mind. We thought this would be the perfect time to share a few reasons why you can feel great about what you do every day when you work in the insurance industry. Check out our list below to learn why insurance is a feel-good career.
Nothing too mushy, we promise.
Provides peace of mind
Whether someone is involved in a car crash, or experiencing weather damage to their home, insurance pros, especially in claims and customer service, are usually the first ones called for answers to their question “what do I do next?”
When individuals are frazzled and confused, insurance reps are there to answer that question in a calm and collected way, offering customers peace of mind and the information they need.
Working in the insurance industry can allow you to be the person that helps people on their worst day realize you’re there to help them, providing relief and comfort.
Passionate about helping people, Mary Koster, major casualty adjuster for Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) member, Allstate, thought she wanted to pursue a career in psychology. After college, she decided she wanted to consider other opportunities. That’s when she got a call from a friend about a claims assistant position, and she began her first job in the insurance industry.
“Every claim and person is different, and there is always something new to learn. Working for Allstate showed me how important insurance is and the different roles it plays,” said Koster. “I could have continued pursuing psychology helping many individuals, but I feel that I am doing that at Allstate and there is much more room for me to grow.”
Promotes volunteer opportunities
The insurance industry knows what it means to help people. It does it every day for the individuals in which companies provide their services, and those companies know that employees are looking for ways to help people and their communities outside their regular job roles as well.
OII member, Nationwide, provides volunteer opportunities to help their employees give back to the community.
Laura Lewis, an IT program manager at Nationwide finds value in making a community impact by participating in the volunteer opportunities her employer provides.
“It’s amazing for me to be a Nationwide associate and have the opportunity to volunteer my time to support something so special to me and my family. I’m on the women’s division committee for the Memorial Tournament because it helps support Nationwide Children’s Hospital and every year I help coordinate over 700 volunteers on behalf of Nationwide,” said Lewis.
“All of the money they raise goes to helping kids like my son. When my son was in kindergarten, we found out that he was potentially on the autism spectrum, and at that point we were able to get services from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. When I volunteer for Nationwide I feel like I’m directly impacting my son’s life and helping my family and other families in central Ohio.”
OII member Progressive Insurance offers programs like The Progressive Insurance Foundation and on Progressive’s internal website, employees can search and sign up for volunteer opportunities in their community, making it as easy as possible for their employees to contribute to the causes they care about.
Progressive also invests in the future of their communities through their STEM Progress Program®. They visit local schools and teach science, technology, engineering, and math skills using insurance concepts, and show students how those apply to real-life situations and careers.
Helps shift society’s risk mindset
Individuals sometimes take unnecessary risks, especially when it comes to the safety of themselves, others, or their property. Insuremypath.org gave the example that “we only stopped putting actual flaming candles on Christmas trees about 100 years ago. And guess what? Insurance companies are what put a stop to it. Sure, they were criticized at the time, but they also prevented countless fires across the country.”
Today, insurance helps minimize risks by charging people more when they engage in risky behavior, such as distracted driving, or not wearing a seatbelt. While difficult to put a price on the risks insurance has helped individuals avoid, it’s safe to say that insurance companies have saved lives helping to drive these changes. It’s easy to feel good about going to work when you have a hand in helping the industry as a whole with this initiative.
Helps those with greater needs
When it comes to choosing a career or company to work for, more and more people are looking beyond the standard benefits and asking the question “what the company is doing for the community?”
The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2017 found that those surveyed want to make an impact through their employers. According to the survey, “millennials feel accountable for many issues in both the workplace and the wider world. However, it is primarily in and via the workplace that they feel most able to make an impact. Opportunities to be involved with “good causes” at the local level, many of which are enabled by employers, provide millennials with a greater feeling of influence.”
Recently, Westfield Insurance Foundation, an independent private foundation endowed by OII member, Westfield Insurance, awarded $1.36 million in Family Stability and Legacy of Caring grants to benefit communities across the country.
Approximately $542,000 was donated through Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield agents can nominate a nonprofit in their local community. Grants were made to 78 nonprofits in 70 cities across 15 states within Westfield’s national imprint. The nonprofits’ missions align with Westfield’s focus areas of Family Stability, Safety, Disaster Recovery and Insurance Pathways.
"We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies. Giving back to our agents’ communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities," said Westfield Insurance President and CEO and Westfield Insurance Foundation Chairman, Ed Largent.
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