The world continues to move from one crisis to another. As organizations face supply chain disruption, rising inflation, environmental disasters and workforce exhaustion, they must be more resilient than ever. Responding quickly and with agility requires having an integrated and consistent approach to risk management, one that has an eye towards employee protection. All of this is putting additional pressure on organizations to reset for relevance — to focus not only on profits, but also on people and purpose in order to create truly sustainable business models.
People risks are the business risks related to your workforce. They are generated by how you attract, manage, equip, motivate and retain this most critical type of asset. Starting with the premise that the health and resilience of your people mirrors the health and resilience of your business, Mercer’s People Risk 2022 survey covered five types of people risk that are having the greatest impact on businesses across the globe.
When we asked HR and risk professionals in 25 countries to identify the people risks that pose a serious threat to their businesses, 87% indicated that risks to the health and safety of employees are a serious threat, more than any other type of people risk. The top health and safety risks identified were:
Just two in five businesses (41%) report having effective policies, practices, environments and communication in place to support a culture of health and well-being. This means that significant opportunities exist to reduce the way in which work can have a negative impact on health. Here are five ideas to get you started:
Anticipating risks and working collaboratively to mitigate them allows your business and workforce to thrive and preserve the trust you have generated through your actions in this challenging, fast-paced world. In our full report, we expand beyond these ideas for getting started and offer up ideas to pull ahead in all five areas of people risk.
About the People Risk survey: In March 2022, Mercer asked 2,594 HR and risk professionals in 25 countries about their attitudes towards the greatest people risks facing organizations, including the challenges they face mitigating these risks.
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