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Business Insurance launched the Best Places to Work in Insurance program to identify and recognize high-quality workplaces in the commercial insurance industry. As employers compete for talent and strive to be an employer of choice, these companies are being honored for creating workplaces that do superior jobs of encouraging employees to thrive in a workplace they can love.

In this year�s program, Business Insurance will recognize commercial insurance industry employers in seven categories. This year's program honors top employers from the following types of companies serving risk and benefits managers:

• Retail agents/brokers
• Wholesale brokers/managing general agents
• Reinsurance brokers
• Property/casualty insurers
• Group life/health insurers
• Claims managers
• Group health advisors

Within each of those categories, companies are broken down by size for ranking purposes into three groups: small companies-those with 25 to 249 employees; medium-size companies-those with 250 to 999 employees; and large companies-those with 1,000 or more employees.

While the companies are broken down by category and size for ranking purposes, to make the Best Places to Work in Insurance list each company must demonstrate that it meets or exceeds a minimum standard of excellence in a variety of employment-related metrics, measured against other employers in this industry as well as other companies nationwide. This information is drawn from a two-part survey conducted of all participating companies. One part of the survey evaluates employees' workplace experience and company culture, and the other gathers information on the employer's benefits, policies, practices and other information.

Business Insurance conducts the annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program in partnership with Best Companies Group, an independent workplace excellence research firm that manages numerous similar regional and industry programs in the United States and Canada.

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