Corporate risk management: Tips to prepare for the worst


The company can be a jungle where business risks are always ready to attack. Here you will find some practical tips to defend your business and be up and running

On the subject of enterprise risk management, what to do and how to act to ensure security of your business?
Contingencies as theft, disease, fires and failures, can happen to anyone at any time, but with common sense and a minimum of foresight and vision, you can minimize their effects by the activities sheltered from unpleasant consequences and repercussions.

Here, then, 5 practical tips to adopt a business strategy focused on proper risk management: valid precautionary how to limit the damage generated by smoothly and unexpected drawbacks.

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# 1- Protect all your work documents

Today, one of the main causes of business risk concerns surely the possibility of losing your working documents. That they are burned, torn, defaced or simply lost, when disappearing of important papers the consequences can be unpleasant.

The first rule to be implemented to avoid such situations is to transfer the documentation in digital format and make copies of backup in the event that the device used has the malfunction. To be even safer, you can also use software like Drive or Dropbox to keep backup copies.

# 2- Ensures devices and technological tools

Among the business, risks that occur more frequently, you go for sure include those attached to the sudden rupture of the devices used in the company. While costing a lot of money, computers, printers, telephones and projectors are broken all the time and generate additional costs for repairs-replacements.

If you have different technological tools and if you do not want to continue to constantly shell out money to fix them when they break down, good advice is certain to take out small insurance policies that, with a few dollars per month, allowing to protect all electronic equipment by removing into extras purchasing outlays.

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# 3- Find the trusted collaborators

Demonstrate good risk management means among other things also take care that you always have an operational replacement in case there is need to take time off for a few hours, days or even weeks: a trusted collaborator capable of carrying out all the duties in place, ensuring customer satisfaction.

This resource does not necessarily have to have an actual contract or to be taken in the company. There are in fact different types of agreement, which provide for payment only for work done (is for example the case of freelancers or freelancers who, after performing a given task do you pay in VAT).

For those instead a freelancer or freelance, a good practice can be to have a trusted colleague that, in an emergency, be able to entrust our customers temporarily.

# 4- Warn time for customers

Proper risk management also includes the possibility (when possible) to notify customers on time before the problem is passed on them.

Those users, in addition to not being able to suffer for the inconvenience caused, will be able to organize and manage the situation in due time. The ideal in these circumstances is to take a few hours to write custom email to send to customers explaining well what is going on.

# 5- Back operational in the shortest possible time

If the business risks are transformed into concrete unforeseen, after the crisis it is often not possible to return immediately and fully operational. The best thing in extreme cases is to choose the best compromise.

When, for example, telephone lines or the WiFi faults remain for days, it is good to have available to emergency tools that allow to work the same even if perhaps with the temporary limitations. A simple smartphone or tablet with an Internet connection such as provide a great help in times like this, because they allow you to remain productive at all times.

These are our 5 tips to embrace a strategy based on proper risk management: simple, yet effective solutions that, if implemented correctly, seriously limiting the damage to the company.