Shawna Neilson

Shawna Neilson

Shawna is the Director of Risk Management Services at Gibson. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Claims, Claims Consulting, and Loss Prevention teams; providing them with guidance and support for achieving the strategic goals of the agency and clients. Shawna is responsible for the execution of new employee development, ongoing staff planning, and recruiting efforts for Risk Management Services. In addition, Shawna is responsible for Gibson’s #DisasterReady plan and translates her knowledge to offer clients consultation with creating theirs. She is also responsible for researching new risk management solutions to add to the agency’s portfolio in order to enhance the services provided to clients. Additionally, Shawna consults clients on workers’ compensation to reduce claims exposure and costs, and conducts training for clients on various aspects of the risks they face. Read Shawna's Full Bio

Recent posts by Shawna Neilson

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National Preparedness Month: At Home And Work

By Shawna Neilson on Sep 4, 2019 6:30:00 AM

Prepared, Not Scared.

That is the theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month. Annually, FEMA and other government organizations dedicate the month of September to educating individuals, families, businesses, and communities on the importance of taking action to prepare for emergency situations.The weekly themes include:

  • Week 1 (Sept 1-7) - Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • Week 2 (Sept 8-14) - Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 3 (Sept 15-21) - Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4 (Sept 22-30) - Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness

Though we hope you’ll consider disaster preparedness an important aspect of your risk management strategy all year long, this is a great time to check on your planning – both personally and in your organization. We’ve gathered a collection of resources to help you develop, implement, and test your emergency plans.

Topics: Risk Management Personal Insurance & Risk Management #DisasterReady
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Protect What Matters Most: Keep Your Employees Safe This Summer

By Shawna Neilson on May 29, 2019 9:20:00 AM

Most businesses wouldn’t think twice about investing in the safety of their employees while they are at work; however, if employees are your most valuable asset, shouldn’t you be concerned with their personal safety, risk management, and disaster preparedness?

Topics: Risk Management Personal Insurance & Risk Management #DisasterReady
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Harassment Vs. Bullying

By Shawna Neilson on Jun 6, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Harassment and bullying are two topics you often find mentioned in the news. Both are wrong and should be dealt with quickly and appropriately.

Topics: Health Risk Management Risk Management Services
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Workers’ Compensation 101: Understanding Your Experience Mod Rate

By Shawna Neilson on Sep 6, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The Experience Mod Rate, or EMR, is an important component of your company’s workers’ compensation program. Do you understand what it is and how it impacts your premiums?

Topics: Risk Management Workers' Compensation
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Workers’ Compensation 101: Light, Modified & Transitional Duty – What’s The Difference?

By Shawna Neilson on Jul 26, 2017 6:30:00 AM

As much as you plan to prevent workplace injuries, it is important to create a plan to reintegrate injured employees into your workforce should an accident occur.

We often hear the term “light duty” used with return-to-work programs. But light duty has begun to carry a negative connotation. Some people believe the injured employee isn’t pulling their weight or is just doing made up work that isn’t beneficial or helping anyone. I encourage you to shift your mindset. Instead of light duty, I suggest you use one of these two terms as you speak with your employees about your return-to-work program – Modified Duty or Transitional Duty.

Topics: Risk Management Workers' Compensation
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Workplace Bullying

By Shawna Neilson on Jun 28, 2017 6:30:00 AM

As adults, we tend to think of bullying as something we may need to protect our children from. However, bullying isn’t limited to children. Unfortunately, instances of adult bullying are on the rise.

Over 25% of adults admit to having been the victim of bullying as an adult. The most predominant environment in which adult bullying occurs? The workplace. 

Topics: Risk Management
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Workers’ Compensation 101: 5 Considerations For Your Return-To-Work Program

By Shawna Neilson on Jun 7, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Even the best risk management strategies leave some room for workplace injuries. When the employee comes back, you need to make sure you have the best possible return-to-work plan too. We’ve highlighted the benefits to the employee, but your insurance company expects it as well. In fact, an underwriter’s pricing decision may be impacted by whether or not you have a bona fide return-to-work plan.

Here are 5 important considerations for your organization’s return-to-work program…

Topics: Risk Management Workers' Compensation
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Workers’ Compensation 101: The Benefits Of A Strong Return-To-Work Program

By Shawna Neilson on May 15, 2017 6:30:00 AM

A strong return-to-work program has numerous benefits – for the employees and the employer! If you are having difficulty getting buy-in from your employees, front-line supervisors, or even top management to start or reboot your return-to work program, start by explaining the benefits of the program.

Topics: Risk Management Workers' Compensation
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May The Fourth Be With You

By Shawna Neilson on May 4, 2017 6:30:00 AM

If you ask some people what their favorite day of the year is you may hear Christmas because of how magical the time of year is. Or maybe they say Independence Day as we celebrate our freedom. For me, it’s May 4th. Some of you reading this just raised an eyebrow or scratched your head thinking what on Earth is May 4th?

Across the galaxy, May 4th is known as Star Wars Day. My awesome team at Gibson has even begun chiming in…wishing me a “May the fourth be with you” on Star Wars Day. But enough about me and my fandom! If you recall last year’s blog released on May 4th, I covered a few areas in the Star Wars universe and applied insurance principles to them. So let’s head to a time not so long ago, in a galaxy not too far away, and cover some lesser known coverage pieces.

Topics: Risk Management
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Workers’ Compensation 101: The Importance Of Timely Reporting

By Shawna Neilson on Apr 19, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Why is timely reporting important for workers’ compensation claims? If you, as the employer, report claims in a timely manner you’ll see faster treatment for the injured employee, the prevention of injury exacerbation, and even future accident prevention. You’ll also likely notice lower costs.

Topics: Commercial Insurance Risk Management Workers' Compensation