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Top 8 for 2018: Risk Insights’ year in review

December 5, 2018

What our subscribers clicked on and cared about this year, from opioids and cyberattacks to life lessons from CEO Kathleen Savio and key assets in severe weather.

Risk Insights top 8 of 2018

The opioid crisis and cyberattacks commanded attention from Zurich’s business customers and prospects in 2018. Clicks on our Risk Insights newsletter made that clear. Our subscribers also connected with severe weather survival tips and life lessons from Kathleen Savio, who celebrates her first anniversary as Zurich North America’s CEO when we ring in the new year.

Each month, Risk Insights features content to help you manage business risks and prosper. Eight of our most-clicked headlines from 2018’s monthly newsletters are below, in case you missed any.

Fortune 500 auto dealer finds a foul-weather friend: In short order, Sonic Automotive endured two of the most dreaded weather events for an auto dealer: a hailstorm and a hurricane. In a video clip, Sonic’s director of risk management attests to how Zurich’s Claims service helped minimize the damage and disruption to their business, so Sonic could keep customers moving down the road.
Playing cyber defense? 4 steps to help block a breach:The costs of cyberattacksmounted in 2018, and Michelle Chia, Zurich’s Head of Specialty Products Errors and Omissions, channeled alarm into action with helpful tips on how any employee can help thwart data breaches. Shortly thereafter, Zurich launched a simplified Cyber Insurance Policy to help our customers better protect themselves and their customers.
3 ways the 2017 hurricanes changed storm prep:The epic storms that came to be known as “HIM” — for Harvey, Irma and Maria — weren’t forgotten a year later. Heading into the 2018 hurricane season, memories of HIM created greater urgency around flooding and evacuation strategies, as well as portable generators.
Kathleen Savio’s words to thrive by: Our CEO shared a key lesson from her father that anyone can use to drive their progress. (It starts with a humble task: emptying the trash.) In an article reprinted with permission from Leaders magazine, Kathleen opened a window into her influences as well as her objectives during her first year in the top role at Zurich North America.
Top 10 risks revealed:Each January, our highly anticipated collaboration with the World Economic Forum, The Global Risks Report, helps businesses prepare for potential challenges in the year ahead. From natural disasters to asset bubbles, the 2018 report ranked the risks in terms of likelihood and impact. The 2019 report will offer fresh perspective; check back for it next month.
Opioid abuse: 3 ways to confront the risks in the workplace: The scourge of opioid abuse is affecting businesses as well as families, and our readers indicated they’re eager to help get a handle on this problem. This infographic quantifies the human costs of the crisis and actions employers can take to refine their drug policies and recognize when an employee may need help.
Keep pushing: Golf Ambassadors tee up life lessons:If you’re dwelling in a frozen tundra right now, a round ofgolf may seem like fantasy. But in an April not so long ago, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans teed off with some of the PGA’s best talents. In honor of the occasion, Zurich Golf Ambassadors Billy Horschel, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia were featured in Leaders magazine, revealing some divots in their journey that might have pulled many golfers off the fairway, permanently. They persevered.
A high-wire hazard:It’s not news a contractor or property owner wants to hear from Zurich’s Risk Engineers — that the foundation of a building is dangerously close to power lines — but far better for a risk to be identified before a deadly incident occurs than after. Together, our Risk Engineers worked with the building owner to propose manageable modifications and protect the larger investment, most important of which are people.


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