Based on client discussions this past year, our risk advisors highlight five potential opportunities for creating stronger companies in 2022.
1. Consider whether a captive is right for your company if you have a good risk record and are tired of rising premiums.
When a company feels it has no control over its continually rising insurance premiums or that its good risk record isn’t being rewarded, but it isn’t ready to risk or cannot afford to become wholly self-insured, what can it do? What if commercial carriers aren’t willing to insure its unique risks?
A group insurance captive–an insurance company created specifically to serve the needs of a like-minded group of insureds—might be the answer. The members of the group own the insurance company, fund its loss reserves, and control its operations to benefit each other. Read more.
2. Strengthen your employment practices risk management if you are concerned about employee lawsuits.
It is difficult to keep pace with employment regulations during the best of times. Considering today’s heightened social activism, a polarized political climate and a gripping pandemic, these are not the best of times.
What can employers do to strengthen their employment practices risk management and reduce the risk of employee lawsuits? Learn more here.
3. Constantly prepare for cyber events if you want to be able to act quickly.
Many leaders believe that their businesses are unlikely targets for cybercriminals. Today, every business is at risk for a cyberattack.
When that attack comes, the company will need to implement its incident response plan. What happens next depends on whether that plan is a living document or something housed in a dusty three-ring binder. Read more.
4. Maximize your company’s value first if you anticipate selling your business.
A company gets one chance to make a great first impression. When the business is for sale, that impression impacts the price, how many and what kind of buyers compete for it, and how long the sales process takes–if it takes place at all.
Doing everything possible upfront to demonstrate the company’s value, rather than allowing potential buyers to drive the conversation, enables the selling company to negotiate from a position of strength. Learn more here.
5. Understand your duty of care if your employees are traveling again.
COVID-19 changed everything, including business travel risks and liabilities. Employers have a legal and moral obligation to look after the health and safety of their employees (“duty of care”). Business travel and global mobility heighten the obligation and risk exposure.
Although there are still travel pandemic-related restrictions and travel hesitations today, those organizations that are restarting their business travel are going prepared. Read more.
One more opportunity: Employ smart broker selection strategies if you are unhappy with your current broker.
Companies switch insurance brokers for many reasons. It could be frustration with a premium hike, dissatisfaction with the service, or just a desire to shake things up.
No matter the motivation, companies sometimes struggle to identify potential brokers and compare the coverage and services they offer. Without experience in the selection process, they settle on approaches such as simply requesting premium quotes or issuing complex requests for proposals. There are more strategic, meaningful ways to identify the right broker. Learn more here.
Jack Miller (email@example.com) works for Hylant, a privately held insurance brokerage that offers risk management services, captive consulting and management, employee benefits brokerage and consultation, M&A and complex business transaction consultation, and loss control services.