How To Establish A Risk Management Process: Simple Guide

by Alex Mansour

2 months ago · 3 min read

Risk management processes are among the most critical processes for businesses, as businesses need to manage risks daily. Risk management processes are always more complicated than others, because risks can be there for each of the business departments and aspects.

risk management process

Managing these specific processes is a process that brings risks itself, as it deals with much of the whole data a business can own. The management of this data and its quality also plays a major role in the risk management process and its enhancement.

If you are managing a business, and ready to establish a risk management process, here is how you can in clear steps.

Identifying the risks of the whole business

The very first step of establishing a risk management process is to identify the risks that can face the business through all of its departments. This includes strategic risks, regulatory risks, compliance risks, operational risks and other types.

After determining the specific risks at all of the business departments and from all of its aspects, there’s a need to gather the risks whether manually or through a system.

Surely, a software for managing this process itself will make it much easier on both short and long terms. It can save much of the time and not wasting it and in the next steps.

Analyzing each risk

The next step in the risk management process is to analyze each risk, and through this step, you will need to answer a number of aspects that need to be considered, and questions that need to be asked. They include:

  1. What is the estimated probability of this risk occurring?
  2. What threats does this risk pose?
  3. How harmful and impactful are these threats on the business?
  4. What are the estimated potential losses in case this risk causes a problem?
  5. How much time would be lost to solve the problems that occur if a risk causes a problem?
  6. What are the available resources that the company can use to solve a problem?
  7. What resources does the company need to have a greater ability to face risks and solve problems?
  8. How to reduce the probability of each risk occurring?

Evaluating risks and their priorities 

After listing the risks and answering each of the questions regarding them. Then you need to get to one of the most important steps of the risk management process, which is evaluating each risk and determining its priority.

It is important to categorize the risk according to their severity. So that the higher the risk, the faster the intervention from upper management is planned.

Planning for risk treatment and mitigation

The next step in the risk management process is to prioritize the finding of treatment for each of the risks, with more impactful risks coming first.

The method of handling each risk will differ from the others. It will involve different people, so it can complicate the step.

workflow

Setting clear workflows and processes for reducing risks can be a very effective solution here. Using unified software, managing risks, and improving workflows to avoid them can both become much easier and efficient.

Can mitigate some risks and not fully treated. Whether by just accepting them as they bring essential or big benefits, controlling them through changing processes, or transferring them to a third party that holds the responsibility and is more specialized.

Monitoring and amending risks 

After working in the treatment and mitigation of each of the risks. It is essential in the risk management process to keep it ongoing by monitoring the effects and the outcomes.

New decisions could be made about risks that were mitigated.  Even new risks can show up with time. So there’s a need for a continuous risk management process and consistent monitoring.

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