No matter the
Firewithin or near to the workplace
- Natural disasters
- Cyber attacks
To create a risk profile, various variables – representing different types of threats – are allocated numerical values, which gives the
The significance of a risk profile is influenced by an
What are the Benefits of Creating a Risk Profile?
There are three key reasons for creating a risk profile:
1. Improved Preparedness
No business can ever protect itself from all potential threats, but, by creating a risk profile, you can more confidently and effectively predict the types of incidents your
2. Valuation of Risk
Risk profiles ensure that all assumptions about risks are couched in terms of numerical impacts and probabilities so any dialogue about risk becomes purely technical. By removing gut feelings, arbitrary scales, and qualitative terms from the discussion, the calculation and communication of risk becomes
3. Improve the Accuracy of Contingency Budgeting
Risk profiles mean that contingency budgets can be more accurately estimated and reduce the amount of guesswork involved. By integrating risk profiles into cost planning, you can develop scenarios to better steer what extra resource, time, and money you should be budgeting.
What Should Happen After Risk Profiling?
Creating a risk profile for your
Most experts provide five key considerations for the communication of risk:
For messages to be absorbed and taken seriously, the audience needs to have confidence in the communicator and trust he/she is well-informed and experienced with the topic.
The message should be meaningful to the audience, relevant to their circumstances, and ideally, provide some affinity with their values. Bear in mind that people often pay most attention to the parts of a message that offer them the most reward.
Simple, plain language should be used where possible, while the use of storytelling, analogies, examples, and themes can help hugely with the comprehension of complicated issues. The use of visuals, such as diagrams, charts, and images means data can be much more easily deciphered.
4. Continuity and Consistency
Risk communications should be repeated multiple times to ensure they’re fully absorbed. While the basic message should be consistent each time, try to vary the style and presentation to increase engagement.
The communication channel you use has to be right for the target audience. Ask yourself:
- Does my audience actually use and value this channel?
- What particular values might they tie to this channel?
As we've discussed, thorough risk profiling and analysis are a crucial ingredient in delivering effective contingency plans, something we explore in our extensive guide. The document provides a practical framework for structuring and writing a contingency plan, chapter by chapter.
Based on established best practice, it’s the structure we use ourselves when helping our clients create a contingency plan. If you’d like to learn more, download the guide now for free.