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Make automation matter

It’s not exactly a secret: Regardless of size or industry, every organization stands to benefit from using automation technology to cut down on repetitive, time-consuming administrative tasks. More than simply speeding up a process or getting people to work faster, automating administrative tasks yields value by freeing up employees to focus on the aspects of their job that really matter and provide value.

Automation is wonderful. Except when it isn’t.

As covered in Behind the Hype of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), businesses can run into issues by rushing to reduce costs and improve productivity through automating processes without first evaluating their effectiveness and necessity. The benefits of automating repeatable, administrative tasks can also be lost if automation technology is too difficult to use. The result? Time that could be used performing more high-value activities winds up spent managing software.

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How to prepare for 2019 data breach trends

Data Breach Today offers predictions in What’s Ahead for Health Data Privacy, Security in 2019? While the article focuses primarily on health data, a few key trends apply more broadly and are likely to resonate with all types of organizations.

Prediction: Disruption from regulatory changes is likely

Rebecca Herold, author of 19 books on information security and CEO of The Privacy Professor consultancy, begins the list of predictions by examining the potential for agency updates to HIPAA. “Based on continued pressure from local, state and federal government agencies, law enforcement, researchers and others to ease the sharing of patient and mental health data by removing the need to obtain patient consent, I expect to see OCR issue proposed HIPAA updates,” she notes.

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Origami Named One of Nation’s Best and Brightest® Companies

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2019—Origami Risk, the industry-leading risk and insurance Software as a Service (SaaS) technology firm, has been named one of the 2018 Best and Brightest® Companies To Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This is the third consecutive year Origami has received this accolade.

“Our employees are our greatest asset, and we work hard to make sure they’re supported, both professionally and personally,” said Carla Murphy, HR and talent executive, Origami Risk. “We take a lot of pride in having a company culture that appeals to the brightest talent in the industry and fosters retention.”

NABR announced in December that Origami Risk was selected from more than 2,400 organizations across the country to receive this award. An independent research firm reviewed a number of key measures to determine those organizations with the most impressive human resources practices.

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Origami Named Among Top Compliance Technology Solution Providers

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2019 – Origami Risk, the preeminent risk and insurance technology platform serving all members of the risk management community, has been named one of the 20 Most Promising Compliance Technology Solution Providers of 2018 by CIOReview, a technology magazine aimed at providing organizations with solutions to the ever-changing tech landscape.

“We’re proud to be recognized as one of the top organizations in the compliance tech industry,” said Robert Petrie III, CEO, Origami Risk. “Origami Risk was founded on the principle of forward-thinking solutions. We embraced the cloud when no other organization did, and that spirit of innovation continues to drive our development of flexible solutions in an ever-changing regulatory environment.”

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Build a culture of safety — go beyond audits and get employees involved

For risk and safety professionals, the new calendar year brings with it a renewed focus on improving their organization’s culture of safety. Whether looking to put a new safety program in place, make wholesale changes to an existing program, or build upon previous successes, many organizations face the challenge of ensuring that their employees are fully participating in safety efforts.

A recent EHS Today article takes a look at a potential solution for involving people across an organization in this process: safety assessments.

How safety assessments differ from safety audits

To Build Safety Culture, You Must Get People Talking provides an overview of a 2018 Safety Leadership Conference session — “Distracted Drivers R US — Assessment RX for Success” — led by Walter Fluharty, vice president of EHS and organizational development at Ohio-based Simon Roofing.

Where static surveys may be seen as yet another safety-related requirement, focus group-based assessments followed by the completion of self-assessments are more likely to drive engagement and add value.

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