Let it be resolved that some of you will look back at this past year and know that you’ll be reviewing what worked, what didn’t work, what needs to be re-written or added and some of you won’t. That some of you will have a new risk assessment completed to confirm already identified risks and potentially new ones and that you’ll get quick to composing new procedures, policies and training to hopefully mitigate those newly found risks and unfortunately some of you won’t.
Some of you will have noticed that natural hazards and risks are on the rise. This may not affect all to the extreme but will affect all to some degree.
Yes I agree this time of year we find that many in our own businesses are on holidays spending well deserved time with family and friends. I truly hope you have that opportunity also.
But, to be the black hat thinker that I am (it’s a curse)…risk knows not the difference between night and day, week day or weekend, hot or cold weather and most certainly whether or not you’re on vacation. What is known, to you and to your colleagues is to whether or not you are as best prepared as you can possibly be. You will never be completely ready because that’s an impossible dream…but you can most certainly be as prepared as you possibly can for a list of risks and hazards as long if not longer than my leg (and I’m not that tall). But that’s truly the key…be prepared for as many scenarios as you can think of, re-thinking, re-training and re-planning is a winning formula.
So if you haven’t left for the holiday season yet, maybe you can take a quick moment and compose your new year risk resolution now…won’t take you long, I encourage you to include a colleague, you’d be surprised what can be accomplished in that small conversation of ideas.
Plan the Work. Work the Plan.