This article appeared in the March 2019 issue of MiMfg Magazine. Read the full issue and find past issues online.
An essential part of every MMA Premium Associate member is the company’s dedication to helping manufacturers do business better. Few businesses are more committed to aiding employers than the Benefit Services division of Gallagher, a global provider of insurance, risk management and consulting services with more than 30,000 employees worldwide.
“We work for the employer and we treat them as a partner in the process — and this collaboration is reciprocated through our clients’ willingness to come to us when challenges arise; they understand we’ll work with them holistically to help meet and exceed their goals,” said Bryan Hirn, area president of Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., employing over 100 people across its five Michigan locations.
Gallagher’s dedication to helping manufacturers contend with today’s top business challenges is also evident through the vast array of services they provide.
“Over the years, we’ve branched out beyond just the traditional services of health care, dental and vision coverage, life insurance and disability, to also provide consultation on a variety of human resources, compensation, retirement and additional practice specialties,” Hirn stated.
Hirn continued, highlighting talent as a top source of current industry concern by saying “when you work alongside manufacturers, you discover pretty quickly how important talent is. Today’s employers are struggling to locate and retain talent and we actively work to provide resources to alleviate those concerns.”
Complementing their top-rated benefits consulting expertise is Gallagher’s benefits strategy and bench-
marking survey which is the nation’s largest employer survey of its kind. The report provides valuable information which manufacturers need to know so they understand how their benefits comparatively rank to other employers and their competition.
“You can try and do business in a vacuum, but it’s easier when you have data to compare your methods with what other companies are doing — that’s where benchmarking comes in,” explained Hirn. “It provides you with perspective and helps you identify where your organizational vulnerabilities are, what best practices are out there, and the tools you might need to develop a comprehensive employee benefits package that helps you keep the talent you’ve got and recruit the talent you want.”
Over the last 12 years, Gallagher’s benefits services division has expanded both domestically and overseas, thanks to The Gallagher Way, a series of share values outlined in 1984 by then-chairman and CEO Robert Gallagher, which serves as the foundation of the company’s culture and how they treat each other, their customers and the community.
This enduring set of values has led to national and global recognition of Gallagher as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute for seven straight years, one of the “World’s Best Employers” by Forbes and countless other awards for their overall culture and leadership.
“We’re in the business of helping people and organizations and I think it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of a service industry that actually serves,” Hirn said. “I encourage all manufacturers to take the time to ask questions and strengthen the partnership with your coverage provider. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what can be accomplished together.”
Gallagher Benefits Services Inc. is an MMA Premium Associate Member and has been an MMA member company since July 2005. Visit online: www.ajg.com.