Schaumburg, Ill. (July 21, 2017) – Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage, was named one of ‘Chicago’s 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®’ by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) during its July 17 award ceremony at the Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Assurance also received the ‘Communication and Shared Vision’ elite award. 

With over 20 years of experience conducting The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition, the NABR identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.

Assurance received the elite award from the NABR for its shared vision and commitment to transparency. An open dialogue between company leadership and staff plays a key role in creating a culture of trust and engagement. Assurance’s vision, financials, goals and core values are continuously shared and reinforced throughout the year through an annual company meeting, yearly theme, monthly intranet updates, Shared Success bonus program and several Town Halls.

Assurance's annual theme is one of the most effective ways it unites employees under a shared vision and creates an enjoyable workplace atmosphere. Usually based on a fun 80’s song, the annual theme effectively captures the company’s overall vision into a single tune. For 2017, the annual theme is “The Power of Love” whereby employees send virtual high-fives to one another through a new online system titled “Appreciate!" and receive a bonus for writing 37 handwritten cards. 

Shared Success, the company’s annual employee bonus system, is another example. It usually ties together company goals for revenue, new business and wellness with a rotating goal based on the year’s annual theme. Over the past several years, Shared Success has, among other things, helped Assurance communicate: 

  • The importance of its D.N.A. (Dominate. Navigate. Appreciate.) by challenging all employees to appreciate their ‘A’ off by sending 12 digital high-fives in 2014 (100% completion).
  • Its passion for minimizing risk and maximizing health by challenging all employees to record a video explaining how they live Assurance’s passion through their current roles (96% completion).
  • The importance of living an active lifestyle by challenging all employees to complete a 5K (93% completion) and continuously offering bonuses for participating in wellness events.

In the words of Steven Handmaker, CMO of Assurance, receiving the Communication and Shared Vision elite award has the Schaumburg-based insurance brokerage: “Feeling ‘The Power of Love.’”

About Assurance 
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. Visit Assurance at