December 2019

  • Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People
  • How Remote Working Increases Cyber Security Risks
  • 2019 Leadership Academy Continues History of Success
  • Advanced Title Pros Gather for Industry Education and Networking at 2019 Institute
  • ALTA Registry Grows to More than 8,000 Listings; Get Your Free Listing Today
  • It's Time to Register for School – Land Title School
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • Upcoming Webinars

Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People

Jennifer Moss, author of Unlocking Happiness at Work: How a Data-driven Happiness Strategy Fuels Purpose, Passion and Performance  | Dec. 11, 2019
We tend to think of burnout as an individual problem, solvable by “learning to say no,” more yoga, better breathing techniques, practicing resilience — the self-help list goes on. But evidence is mounting that applying personal, band-aid solutions to an epic and rapidly evolving workplace phenomenon may be harming, not helping, the battle. With “burnout” now officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the responsibility for managing it has shifted away from the individual and towards the organization. Leaders take note: It’s now on you to build a burnout strategy.

The Non-Classification Classification

The term “burnout” originated in the 1970s, and for the past 50 years, the medical community has argued about how to define it. As the debate grows increasingly contentious, the most recent WHO announcement may have caused more confusion than clarity. In May, the WHO included burnout in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and immediately the public assumed that burnout would now be considered a medical condition. The WHO then put out an urgent clarification stating, “Burn-out is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon, not a medical condition… reasons for which people contact health services but that are not classed as illnesses or health conditions."
Although the WHO is now working on guidelines to help organizations with prevention strategies, most still have no idea what to do about burnout. Since it was explicitly not classified as a medical condition, the case is less about liability for employers and more about the impact on employee well-being and the massive associated costs.

The Emotional and Financial Toll

When Stanford researchers looked into how workplace stress affects health costs and mortality in the United States, they found that it led to spending of nearly $190 billion — roughly 8% of national healthcare outlays — and nearly 120,000 deaths each year. Worldwide, 615 million suffer from depression and anxiety and, according to a recent WHO study, which costs the global workforce an estimated $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout, and the consequences can mean life or death; suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public — 40% higher for men and 130% higher for women.
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How Remote Working Increases Cyber Security Risks

Financial Times | Dec. 8, 2019
We live in a world of increasingly sophisticated hackers and adversaries, out to steal data from people and companies for profit, knowledge or disruption. As businesses embrace digital transformation and new ways of working, keeping sensitive information safe is a growing challenge for employers and employees.

The workplace is changing fast, particularly offices. A 2019 study by International Workplace Group, which operates serviced offices and co-working spaces, found that 50 per cent of employees globally work away from their office at least two and a half days a week. Some analysts predict that up to half of the workforce will be freelance within 10 years, as short-term work becomes more common. Meanwhile, many businesses have increasingly long — and global — supply chains. Inevitably, these changes come with added cyber-security risks.

“It makes [cyber security] a lot harder when your attack surface — the culmination of all the networks and systems you use for work — is sizeable,” says Justin Harvey, global incident response lead in the security division of consultancy Accenture.
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2019 Leadership Academy Continues History of Success

As part of TLTA's mission to help develop the next generation of title industry leaders, we hosted the Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy Nov. 18-19 in Austin. This year's program, which hosted our largest class ever, was sponsored by First American Title Guaranty Company.

The 2019 Leadership Academy, which hosted its largest class ever, was sponsored by First American Title Guaranty Company.
The two-day Academy, which was created by industry experts, equips young professionals to excel in their jobs and take active roles in our industry's leadership community via the following time-tested tactics:
  • Honing their leadership skills
  • Expanding their industry knowledge
  • Acquainting them with important industry information
  • Helping them build a professional network
If you have any questions or would like more information about this valuable program, please contact Kim Schoppert at or 512.879.2888.
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Advanced Title Pros Gather for Industry Education and Networking at 2019 Institute

The 2019 Texas Land Title Institute was held Dec. 5-6 in San Antonio. Going strong for over a quarter of a century, Institute is the go-to educational resource for advanced title professionals working to master some of our industry's most complicated challenges.

Roland Love, who chairs TLTA's Institute Committee, welcomes participants to this year's event; Title professionals from across the state learn about changes in homestead laws, new limitations on correction instruments, and more.
Designed for real estate attorneys, agency owners and advanced closers, the annual Texas Land Title Institute attracts top title professionals who gather to network with the best in the business and earn valuable CE from the most talented and experienced minds our industry has to offer.
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Access hundreds of presentations from over a quarter of a century of the Texas Land Title Institute – all of which are ready to view and download from our conveniently organized library. This subscription service is a great resource and excellent research tool for anyone doing business in the title or real estate field. Presentations included in the Institute Legal Library cover a wide range of the most important land title topics, including case law updates, closing problem spots, escrow liability issues and many more. You can easily search by keyword, browse by year or quickly view and download specific presentations.
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ALTA Registry Grows to More than 8,000 Listings; Get Your Free Listing Today

The national ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry is a searchable, online database containing title insurance underwriter-confirmed information about title agents, underwriter direct offices and real estate attorneys. It assigns a unique identification number—the ALTA ID—to each one for precise credentials. This allows lenders to know they are working with the correct company.
Joining ALTA's Registry is simple: or call 855.618.2582.
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It's Time to Register for School – Land Title School!

Are you new to the title industry? Or, are you a title professional cross-training to become a more valuable asset in the newer, leaner title industry? Land Title School of Texas is for you!
This 3-day program led by our popular and knowledgeable title experts covers industry basics and fundamentals, including the Closing Disclosure Form. Interactive testing throughout the course reinforces students' comprehension. Most importantly, the one-of-a-kind educational process at Land Title School of Texas helps students build a solid foundation for success!
Save Your Spot – This Popular Program Sells Out Every Year

Limited seats are available for this in-depth, interactive and comprehensive title industry educational program condensed into just three days – saving your company time and money. With more than 6,500 graduates, we're the gold standard in Texas title industry education!
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Succession Title, LLC
Contact: Mandy Smith        
9822 Colonnade Blvd., Ste. B
San Antonio, TX 78230
Sendera Title 
Contact: Charles Brown
4161 McKinney Ave., Ste. 401
Dallas, TX 75204
Avenue Title Agency, LLC   
Contact: Karyn L. Hughes
13100 Wortham Center Dr., 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77065

Associate Members

Sanders McGarvey LLP
Contact: Cassie McGarvey
12 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 210
Houston, TX 77046
Prime Escrow LLC        
Contact: Ramsey Esper        
550 S. Mesa Hills Dr., Ste. A-1
El Paso, TX 79912
Law Office of Jerel J. Hill
Contact: Jerel J. Hill        
1420-B Stonehollow Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339        
One-Step Lien Search, LLC        
Contact: Morayma Ramos        
13155 SW 42nd St., Ste. 202
Miami, FL 33175        
Contact: Andy White, Ph.D.  
P.O. Box 200343
Austin, TX 78720        
Christman Attorneys, PLLC        
Contact: Drew Christman
2570 Justin Rd., Ste. 240
Highland Village, TX 75077
First American Exchange Company
Contact: Adrienne Salyer        
601 Travis St., Ste. 1875
Houston, TX 77002

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