Build trust with customers and employees through an effective risk communication plan
In today’s fast-changing social development, companies can actively prepare for emergencies, not only can bring minimal risk losses to the company, but can also bring rich returns to the company.
The best feedback on the company’s capabilities is the behavior and response that the company makes when dealing with risks.
If done well, companies will get the opportunity to build long-term trust with customers.
Developing a reviewed risk communication plan will ensure that your organization is prepared to respond to any risks quickly and decisively.
What is the risk?
Risk is everything your business encounters that will hinder the normal development of the business.
This risk can be real or pre-perceived.
It may be caused by global epidemics, natural disasters or human error.
In some cases, the risk should be an event that you can expect, even in this case, it will be beyond your control.
Risks can have a lasting impact on a company’s reputation, brand and profitability.
With proper planning, risk communication plans can mitigate or completely avoid the damage caused by risks.
What is a risk communication plan?
The risk communication plan is a comprehensive and detailed plan that outlines the organization’s communication strategy for dealing with risks.
Why develop a risk communication plan?
Recognizing the potential vulnerabilities of the enterprise and preparing corresponding emergency strategies will enable you to respond quickly and effectively to the risk situation, thereby reducing the long-term damage of the risk.
A good risk communication plan will build trust between your business and customers, employees and investors.
For your employees, risk may bring uncertainty and confusion, which may have multiple impacts on your customers and ultimately on your business.
By clearly communicating the organization’s risk communication plan to employees, they can become the risky public relations army and become your biggest online messenger.
Checklist of effective risk communication plans:
1. Know your weaknesses
Work with business leaders and key stakeholders to determine a list of potential risks. This is called a risk review. These are potential situations that may affect your income and/or reputation.
For example, if you are a financial institution, there may be a risk of data leakage.
If you are a catering company, there is a risk of food poisoning caused by improper food handling.
Many risks can be prevented-by conducting exercises you can highlight areas that need improvement and/or training.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
2. Who is responsible for control?
Establish a risk management team and outline the chain of command to deal with risks.
Employees and customers will seek answers and guidance from authorities.
3. Who do you want to contact?
Determine the audience groups you need to reach (customer groups, distributors, investors, employees) and the best channels to reach these audiences (phone, email, social media, media).
4. Draft draft
Use senior executives to prepare communication and press release templates based on the blanks and multiple choices that need to be edited.
This will save you valuable time when actual risks occur.
5. Train employees
As part of this planning process, you should provide call center or customer service employees with training on suggested scripts, including what to say and how to respond to inquiries from customers, the media, and other related parties.
6. Obtain legal and management support
Make sure you have the support of the legal and management team.
This will help eliminate any form of misunderstanding that may again cause another risk.
7. Communicate early
Respond quickly and incrementally through a continuous flow of information.
This will prevent the risk from growing out of control and will allow you to control the narrative in the media.
Don’t underestimate the power of social media in shaping public perceptions.
8. Ensure consistent messaging
Ensure that the organization’s messaging on your website, social media, and other platforms is consistent and consistent with your risk communication plan.
9. Establish a risk communication command center
Depending on the situation, you may not be able to access your office.
Ensure that your command center has alternate communications access (phone, email access, etc.) available at all times.
The most effective risk communication plan includes active outreach activities that enable you to build trust with your customers before risks occur.
Then, you build trust with these customers, and they are more likely to forgive any preventable mistakes.
The longer the risk lasts, the greater the impact on your company.
If done well, your organization’s response to risk will help strengthen your organization’s established values.
Having a clearly outlined risk communication plan allows your organization to respond quickly and effectively, thereby mitigating the long-term negative impact on the company’s reputation and profitability.
Likewise, it can bring your employees together and adjust them to support your mission.
Most importantly, it can ensure the health of customers and employees