Image via Creative Commons
How does your restaurant business manage risk? This is a question to which you may think you have all of the answers, but that’s not reality for most businesses in the foodservice industry. A risk management plan is an essential document for nearly every business to have. With this plan in place, your business is able to handle anything and everything that may come its way should any of the detailed “risks” come to fruition. Below are some reasons why your business needs a risk management plan.
To Gain a Better Understanding of the Specific Risks You Run
Most business owners do not realize the unique risks that could harm their business at any given moment. There are several different factors that come into play when determining a restaurant’s specific risks. For example, your business may be located in an area prone to extreme weather events, such as flooding, wildfires and/or strong storms. These events each require particular risk management strategies to ensure everyone on staff knows what to do in the event that there is a powerful weather event. Other specific risks include being located in a high-crime area, or serving certain foods with common allergens. A risk management plan forces your business to identify all specific risks that may directly impact your business, so that everything is out on the table and known to all stakeholders.
Once all potential risks within your foodservice business are identified, the next benefit of a risk management plan is being able to mitigate some of those risks. For example, if you live in a flood-prone area, you can secure flood insurance to protect your business in the event of a flood. Or, you can secure business interruption insurance in the event that your business needs to close because of the occurrence of an identified risk. By identifying the risks to which your business is susceptible, whatever those may be, you can work to prevent and minimize the chance that anything bad happens.
Face Unfortunate Events with Confidence and Security
Unfortunately, accidents and damaging events are bound to happen to us every once in a while. However, we can speak from experience when telling you that these events are always worse when the business is unprepared. When unprepared, you leave yourself, patrons and employees confused and vulnerable when an unfortunate event arises. When you have a risk management plan, everyone within your establishment will know what the next steps are and how to safely move forward. This allows for confident and secure decisions to ensure the stability of your business during any sort of catastrophe.
Risk Management Empowers Employees
An important aspect of any risk management plan is ensuring that your employees know exactly what to do in the rare event that a risk materializes. This is very important for employees of a restaurant business who interact with your patrons every single moment. Your employees will most likely be the first people to recognize when a crisis is occurring. With a risk management plan and training in place, you will empower your staff to take the proper actions in any situation. Quick, clear-headed and smart actions will ensure the safety and stability of any business – whether management or the wait staff makes those calls.
Secure Risk Management Coverage Today
RPA proudly offers Risk Management Coverage to restaurants across America. Risk management coverage from RPA allows our risk management professionals to do the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a risk management plan for your foodservice establishment. Businesses that secure risk management coverage are more prepared and quick to respond in high-stakes situations. We will assess your restaurant and identify all applicable risks specific to your establishment, ensuring you are not paying for coverages that are unnecessary but remain protected from common risks.
Contact RPA today to begin protecting your business. As insurance professionals focused solely on the restaurant industry, we are committed to working with each restaurant owner to design a plan and coverage that works for him or her. Contact us today to discuss your options.