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  Contemporary businesses face risk more than ever before. In the 21st century, risk management has been discussed in academic and business circles. Some risks can not only jeopardize an individual; they can also sabotage the company as a whole.  As companies evolve and become more complex, the concept and idea of risk management must not be ignored by big and small enterprises.
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What then is risk management? According to Wikipedia, Risk management is the identification, evaluation, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.  In this article, we shall identify the 8 most important things you need to know about risk management in business.
  • Senior Workers Must Lead In Risk Management

Senior figures within the workplace must lead in risk management and as such get involved in its development and implementation. When senior executives and partners are involved in the process of risk management, other members of the company fully appreciate risk management within the company.
  • Your Risk Department Must Have Authority
Any company that wants to thrive in a risk-ridden business world must have a department that oversees its risk management, and will be empowered to ensure that risk management goals are carried out. They must be empowered to enforce avoidance practices and be able to step in with authority when necessary.
  • Risks Can Be Internal Too
Business leaders must ensure that risk management is done internally. It can be sometimes tempting to think that risks are external. However, studies have shown that risks could be internal and as such, businesses must be vigilant.
  • Look To External Data For Guidance
To mitigate risks, business owners must study external data to spot threats that may affect the free operations of their businesses. Case studies and field reports are examples of data that companies must have their eyes on to mitigate risk.
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  • Be Adaptive And Flexible
Companies that will survive in a risk-ridden business environment must be adaptive and flexible. This means that you can easily change policies to manage disruptions and unforeseen circumstances in the business world.
  • Risk Management Is Everybody’s Business.
The idea and notion of risk management should not be the business of senior partners or figures within the workplace, rather subordinates are to be carried along. Ensure that every department and each team member are informed of their responsibilities about being vigilant against risks.
  • Not All Risks Are The Same
As a business leader, you must know that not all risks are the same. Some risks are critical, which can cause some irreparable loss to an organization, and there are minor risks as well. Identify the criticality of every risk, manage them accordingly and give them the needed attention.
  • Clients And Investors Will Be Looking At Your Risk Management
One of the things you must come to terms with within the business world is that investors and clients invest their money in ventures that have little risk. Before an investor is willing to invest in your company, your books must be ready. Investors are likely to access the risk history and saving mechanisms of the company before launching. Featured Image Source: GOS Software
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This article was first published on 26th January 2022


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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