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Jul 27, 2021

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Many organizations around the globe are instituting and implementing their return-to-work policies so that workers can return to their worksite. However, with the COVID-19 Delta variant now a threat and rising COVID-19 rates in certain areas of the world, risk professionals need to make critical decisions on how to advise on the best ways to reopen.


Rejoining the podcast to discuss the topic is RIMScast friend, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky! Dr. Tsipursky is the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, LLC. — a boutique consulting, coaching, and training firm empowering leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters.


In this episode, Dr. Tsipursky discusses how business leaders can make wise decisions when implementing their organization’s return-to-work policies, return-to-work risks, and the cognitive biases that are holding leaders back in becoming more flexible — a trait that is incredibly needed in today’s world.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:12] About the RIMS buyer’s guide.

[:47] About today’s episode.

[1:00] Is your ERM program award-worthy? RIMS is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 ERM Global Award of Distinction.

[1:30] Upcoming RIMS virtual offerings!

[3:00] More about today’s episode with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky.

[3:46] Justin welcomes Dr. Gleb Tsipursky back to RIMScast!

[4:03] The top three cognitive bias risks that leaders face in returning to the office that Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is currently witnessing.

[10:27] The risks that are unique to general offices as opposed to warehouses or schools.

[13:53] Upcoming RIMS Virtual Workshops, volunteer opportunities, and the RIMS Canada Conference.

[16:01] Why it is better for leaders to institute a return-to-work policy with flexibility built-in, how to become more flexible as a leader, and the biases that are holding leaders back from becoming more flexible.

[21:37] About Dr. Gleb Tsipursky’s new professional report, “Returning to the Office: Benchmarking to Best Practices for Competitive Advantage.”

[24:56] Justin thanks Dr. Gleb Tsipursky for joining RIMScast once again and shares some of the links to look out for in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS Canada Conference 2021: Register for early bird rates!

RIMS ERM Conference 2021 will be held Nov. 11th & 12th in NYC — Submit a session today!

RIMS ERM Global Award of Distinction 2021 – Nominate a program today!

RIMS Buyers Guide

Upcoming Webinars:

July 29, 2021 | “How Better Data Is Transforming Risk Management & The Commercial Property Insurance Industry” | Sponsored by Archipelago

July 29, 2021 | “Living on the Edge: Navigating Climate Risks” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda

Aug. 5, 2021 | “COVID-19: The Long Haul and the Short of It” | Sponsored by Mitchell

Aug. 12, 2021 | “One Year Later: Developing, Defining and Quantifying Your Risk Appetite” | Sponsored by Resolver

August 26, 2021 | “Increased Dependencies on Third Parties: Addressing Cloud, Vendor, and Business Partner Relationships and Risk” | Sponsored by HITRUST

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” – Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers 

Virtual Workshops:

RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep Virtual Workshops (July & August 2021) — Gain an edge with the RIMS-CRMP; the only internationally accredited risk management certification!

RIMS Virtual Workshops: Claims Management — Register now for Aug. 23‒24th or Nov. 8‒9th

Registration for the VIRTUAL Spencer & Gallagher Golf Tournament is now open! Visit for more information and to register through August 15th, 2021 (You choose the golf course and team all while continuing to support the Spencer Educational Foundation!)

Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus Program — Volunteer Today!

Previous RIMScast Episodes:

“Mental Health in the Workplace with Darcy Gruttadaro”

“COVID-19 Variants, Long Haul and Safe Returns with Dr. Adrian Hyzler”

“How Risk Professionals Can Avoid Digital and Remote Burnout with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky”

“Leadership, Neuroscience & Realistic Pessimism During COVID-19 with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky”

Download any episode of RIMScast.

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year, Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky’s LinkedIn

Disaster Avoidance Experts

“How to Defeat Work-From-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue,” by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky’s Newest Professional Report: “Returning to the Office: Benchmarking to Best Practices for Competitive Advantage,” by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky