That thought of risk can send shivers down anyone’s spine. We all wish to be in a comfortable routine where every decision is made with relative ease. Unfortunately, life doesn’t turn out that way. In the business world, a certain element of risk comes with the territory. You don’t want your company to grow stagnant and sometimes a risk is necessary. Proper risk management can help you navigate decision-making. Sometimes taking a risk can blow up in your face and result in devastating losses for your company. There are a number of different risks to manage. Proper risk management can be the backbone of success.
The Hiring Process
There’s a large element of risk during the hiring process. Hiring the wrong candidate can have long term negative effects. That is why a thorough and complete hiring process is of sheer importance. There are a number of items hiring managers need to consider. First, you should make sure that you followed all anti-discrimination policies. Failure to adhere to these policies can result in serious legal action. You should also make sure that you are upfront and honest with the candidate. Were there any promises that you cannot commit to? Was the candidate fully aware and signed off on the employment contract?
The risk management train does not stop at the hiring process. Indeed, there are several preventative measures to take to reduce the risk for your employees. You should make sure that you have a thorough and informative orientation process. Training can be a difficult process. Companies may want their new employees trained as quickly as possible. While you don’t need to coddle the trainees, you should not breeze through the training period yielding mediocre results. Reviewing and updating your orientation process can help tremendously.
The next step to mitigating risk is open and honest communication. Even though you are their superior, you should make sure your employees feel comfortable coming to you when they are in need. This will help create positive worker morale and a better work environment. It will also help in the fight to combat harassment and abuse.