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The anatomy of operational excellence
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Operational excellence enables an enterprise and its leadership to continuously improve all areas of performance, including decision-making, ongoing investment, profitability, customer and partner services and human resources capabilities. Operationally excellent enterprises possess the processes and structures — or the "intangible assets" — that give them the visibility, control, tools and management practices necessary to drive greater operational effectiveness and efficiency. More



Disaster planning: The simplest things can be the most important
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After Sandy, disaster recovery is on everyone's minds. But for companies who can't find the budget for a full-on business continuity plan, here's a way to start small by focusing on your post-disaster communications plan. This ensures you keep in touch with customers and employees. More

Companies look to bonuses instead of salary increases in an uncertain economy
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Faced with tight corporate budgets and an uncertain economic climate, employers are increasingly turning to bonuses and performance-based pay as a strategy for retaining top-performing workers. Human resource experts say this approach to compensation is attractive because it is flexible and allows companies to reward good work without creating additional fixed costs. More

Investor money squeezes reinsurance share in disaster risk
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Insurers' sales of financial instruments to offload natural disaster risks have cut the market share of reinsurance hubs such as Bermuda and Lloyd's of London by up to 30 percent, experts say. Investor demand has helped keep catastrophe insurance costs from rising. But that has caused friction between some reinsurers selling disaster insurance and funds that invest in insurance-linked securities — transactions that use investor money as backup to pay for any potential reinsurance claims. More



Small business owners should know about the worker
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Are you aware that the laws related to worker's compensation have been set up in the United States? The main function of this law is to secure the workers against any kind of injury and other problems that they may experience while being on the job. Before the workers' compensation laws had been started, many large and small businesses took advantage of the workers and did not support them when they were injured or killed while being on the job. Thus, if you are thinking to set up a small business, make sure you obey the workers' compensation laws of your state. More

Vulnerability management: Achilles heel of cyber security?
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Ever since computer software established itself as the backbone of modern commerce, communications and entertainment, it has been a target for hackers, organized cyber criminals, rogue nation states and terrorist organizations. Their primary attack vector is exploiting design flaws and weaknesses in applications in order to steal data, commit fraud and disclose sensitive information. With each major public data breach, our attention focuses on how to prevent these incidents. Often, the debate involves vulnerability management and how both software suppliers and end user organizations can make software code more secure. This raises the question, "Is vulnerability management the Achilles heel of cyber security?" More

What a small business owner can do to ensure their supply chain has a competitive advantage
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"Entrepreneurs are usually driven by a passion for their product or service rather than worrying about how well their supply chain is delivering," says Tim McLaren, a supply chain expert and associate professor at Ryerson University. "But small businesses face huge risks if they are not continuously monitoring and managing the relationships with their supply chain providers." So what can a small business owner do to ensure their supply chain is a competitive advantage rather than a source of risk? "I would start with the old adage that you can't improve it if you don't measure it," says McLaren. He offers the following three important metrics to watch. More

Why businesses must focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation
WRI Insights via TriplePundit    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This past week, Hurricane Sandy drew attention to the increasing climate-related risks for communities and businesses. More and more companies are recognizing and reporting on actions they're taking to "mitigate" climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, renewable power and cleaner vehicles. Now, businesses are finding they'll also need to "adapt" to more volatile conditions and help vulnerable communities become more resilient. More


 

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