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Risk management: what to do after identifying risks to your business

Posted by Nicky Hawkins on Mar 5, 2019 10:26:00 AM
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Every business comes with its share of risks, and it is crucial for managers to identify them. They range from physical to human risks. The level of risk varies wildly and so do the consequences. Effective risk management is not just about identifying the risk but preparing for them as well. Understanding the specific risks that a company is faced gives decision makers the chance to create the right risk mitigation solutions for when they are needed. Adequate preparation can save an enterprise from catastrophe in worse case scenarios.

Categorising risks

After identifying the different business risks, a company should classify them according to their probability of occurrence. They should range from those that are highly likely to happen to risks with very little chance. A company should also look at the potential damage if one of the risks becomes a reality. Prioritising risks improves the chances of success when implementing the established safeguards.

Managing risks

The best way that an enterprise can keep risk in check is to try to prevent occurrences as far as possible. Although risk can never be avoided or completely prevented, risk can be effectively managed and the chance of specific risks occurring lowered.

Employee training is imperative if a company is aiming at risk mitigation. For example, employees who are well trained in handling customer data are less likely to make preventable errors. Training employees to understand issues such as compliance and safety ensures that they know what to do and when to do it. Investing in high-quality software contributes to reduced risk as well. A company can use risk management tools to keep up with different risks.

Insuring against risk

A common way that businesses mitigate the damage caused by various business risks is with insurance. Most of the risks that commercial enterprises face can be insured against. Risks such as data loss, natural disasters and theft can all be covered by insurance. With the right insurance, a company has a way to pay for the damage if something goes wrong. Insurers offer products for varying levels of protection, and businesses must know how to pick the right policy. An enterprise should always assume the worst case when insuring against different types of risk. Recovery contingencies should also be in place for when a company suffers financial damages.

Who does what?

If a risk management strategy is to work, an organisation must be clear about which roles different players handle. In case one of the risks manifests itself and causes a problem for the business, the individuals tasked to respond will know how to act.

A company should identify the different strengths of its response team and assign duties accordingly. Doing this eliminates last-minute scrambling when disaster strikes. Companies must ensure that they communicate effectively with the different parties about the plans in place.

Strategy and performance

The Clearview Strategy and Performance Suite serves the risk management requirements of our different clients. With our tailored software solutions, an enterprise can log and monitor its weak points. The tool can also be used to manage risks in individual projects. A supervisor can allocate certain risks to team members so they can measure them as a project progresses. With the software, a business can ensure that every employee participates in risk management.

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