Texas Mutual Workshops Under Way


Texas Mutual workshop coordinator Carrie Scarborough Kinnard

Workshop season is in full swing at Texas Mutual, which means we are busy preparing for sessions across the state, talking with policyholders and agents in the cities we’ll be visiting and doing a lot of traveling. We are already on track to see another very successful year of training employers and agents all throughout Texas. We knew this would be the case when our first workshops of the year in Houston brought more than 120 attendees!

As Texas Mutual’s workshop coordinator, I’ve had the chance to see our workshops go from just an idea to what they are today. Every year as we get ready to take our presentations across the state, I get excited about the difference we’ll be making. Last year alone, we trained 1,100 employers and agents, and I know that each one of those people will be able to put what they learned to use in their business. Just a few hours in a workshop can help employers keep their workers’ comp costs low and their employees safe, and that’s one of the things that makes what we do worthwhile.

The team

One of the biggest factors of our workshops’ success is the Texas Mutual presenters who share their expertise with policyholders and agents. We have team members from safety services, claims and special investigations for employers to hear from and ask questions, and agents have the chance to spend the morning with marketing/underwriting and premium audit experts. I can honestly say that these presenters are some of the finest I’ve worked with. They are always looking for ways to make our workshops efficient and entertaining. They are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and their experience and wisdom shows. Our workshops may be one of the few times our agents and policyholders get to see a ‘face’ of Texas Mutual and I can say with confidence that these presenters are representative of the professionalism, friendliness and kindness that you’ll find at Texas Mutual.

Bonus session

In 2014, we added another aspect to our workshop opportunities. We realized that driving accidents were accounting for a significant amount of workers’ compensation claims, and those numbers were rising year after year. When we launched our Safe Hand Texas campaign and started arming employers and workers with educational materials to help them stay safe on the road, offering defensive driver training was a natural next step. We now offer a defensive driving class in the afternoon following the majority of our workshops. This highly interactive defensive driving class provides drivers with practical knowledge and techniques to avoid collisions and violations. It also helps drivers choose safe, responsible driving behaviors. Just like all our workshops, it is completely free for Texas Mutual policyholders and their employees.

Why attend?

When employers and agents ask me what they’ll get out of a Texas Mutual workshop, the first thing I tell them is that they’ll learn from industry experts about what workers’ comp means for their business. I’m also told at every workshop that one of the participants’ favorite take away is always the gifts we raffle off during the workshops! But there are also a few other perks of attending a session:

  • Agents can earn 3.5 CE credits (TDI course #94957)
  • Our defensive driving class may be accepted by insurance companies for premium discount
  • Receive completely free workers’ comp training
  • Leave with materials to help remember what the workshop covered
  • Get safety materials to take back to your workplace

We’ll be in cities all across Texas this year and I hope to see you there! We’ll continue to update the Workshops, Training and Education page at texasmutual.com as registration opens up, but right now you can resister for our next two workshops, Midland on May 21 and Amarillo on June 18. Click here to register or to find out more about our workshops and other training opportunities.

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