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As 2013 comes to a close, RIMS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of RiskWire a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.


6 things managers should not talk about at work
By D. Albert Brannen
From Nov. 12: Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. The following lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.
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Identifying and addressing top 10 risks in 2013 demands board oversight and management
From Jan. 8: How companies manage capital and profits against a backdrop of deepening strategic risks arising from economic, political, competitive and regulatory factors will be a key focus for all boards during 2013 and the foreseeable future.
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How much risk can your company bear?
CFO Magazine
From April 30: Most senior corporate executives, including CFOs, say their companies don't use a common metric called risk-bearing capacity to gauge their appetite for risky, financially threatening activities. But a large number of risk professionals — including some at the same companies — say their organizations do use RBC as a measurement of risk appetite.
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Discussing the value of risk management at the RIMS Risk Summit
The National Law Review
From June 27: Recently, 15 of the world's top risk managers gathered at RIMS Risk Summit 2013 steps from Wall Street at Zurich's Manhattan offices. Paul Walker, Ph.D., CPA, from the Center for Excellence in ERM at St. John's University's Tobin College of Business kicked off the morning by asking "How does your boss know you're doing ERM well?" Even at the highest level, the challenge to communicate and demonstrate the value of risk still can impede the success of a risk management program. While those in the room with complex ERM programs seemed to have buy-in from the C-suite, others still in the process of implementing the discipline struggle "stating their case."
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Sustainable finance: 7 steps to manage reputational risk
From June 20: Banks and insurers have a special role to play in the health of our global ecosystem over both the short- and long-term. Their decisions about what projects and organizations to fund essentially make them gatekeepers for sustainable development. That means assessing, managing and reporting on the risks involved in all those decisions.
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6 simple steps to enterprise risk management
Information Management
From May 14: Enterprise risk management is a scalable, holistic approach to improved decision-making that consolidates and organizes risk information from across an organization. No longer limited to a risk manager’s monthly report, ERM is becoming a fundamental part of business success.
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ERM: The basics
CSO Online
From March 5: Natural disasters, political instability, data breaches, financial calamity — even asteroids — the sources of risk are on the rise and are increasingly unpredictable. And in an age of increasing regulatory compliance, not to mention cost sensitivity, it's even more important to get the job of risk management right. For these reasons, companies are increasingly turning toward enterprise risk management, where instead of handling risk on a function by function basis, they are centralizing the oversight of all risk under a single entity, whether that's a department or a cross-functional team.
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Employers love wellness programs, but do they work?
Bloomberg Businessweek
From May 9: Nearly half of large companies have wellness programs that measure workers on such factors as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Employers trying to tame growing medical costs want to find people at risk for illness and prod them to change their behavior — quit smoking, lose weight — before they need expensive treatments. At least that's the theory. As medical tests find their way into the workplace, companies risk putting workers through unnecessary screenings and invite excess treatment that can be costly and harmful, say critics like Al Lewis.
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Social-media policies slowly changing from risk management to breaking new opportunities
Economic Times
Social media present challenges for businesses, but also phenomenal new opportunities. So far, however, businesses have tended to focus on the potential downsides of social media, and their related policies often have concentrated on risk mitigation.

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Outlook strong for US economy in 2014
The Seattle Times
The overall economic outlook for the U.S. has improved sharply in recent weeks amid a string of surprisingly robust economic data: Businesses have stepped up hiring, new factory orders from abroad are at a two-year high, and consumers have been flocking to car lots and restaurants.

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ERM software: Selecting the best solution
As organizations turn to enterprise risk management software to automate and enhance aspects of their ERM programs, it's time to take a critical look at the ERM and GRC marketplace to determine where gaps exist between the current offerings and the needs of risk managers.

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4 stages of cyber risk management
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
From Aug. 20: It is not just large financial institutions and retailers that are targeted in cybercrimes. Small and medium-sized businesses are prime targets for cyber thieves these days, based on the perception that they are the weakest security link in the chain. While that perception may be debatable, the risks are real for businesses of every size and industry — as well as universities, hospitals, key national infrastructure entities and the military.
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When emotions boil over in the workplace: 2 ends of the spectrum
HR Morning
From June 13: Emotions can run high in today's workplace. And those intense feelings carry some serious consequences. Take, for instance, the saga of Duane Thomas Marine Construction on Marco Island, FL. Howard Mavity of Fisher & Phillips recently wrote about an employee of the marine contractor who said the owner — that would be the aforementioned Duane Thomas — committed workplace violence and created hostile working conditions.
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