Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Flu and Business Continuity

November 15, 2017 - Flu season is creeping up on us and that means employees home sick or slowed down at the office by flu symptoms. There does not seem to be any flu pandemic on the near horizon, so at least we don’t have that to worry about this year, but experts seem to think that a pandemic is coming (It is about 100 years since the Spanish flu epidemic killed millions worldwide). We need to ensure that we have plans in place to help prevent the spread of flu in the workplace. But we also need to be thinking long-term and look at how we should update our business continuity plans to help us deal with whatever is ahead.

Experts say the “big one” is coming. (Item #1)  The building is fine but most of your employees are out sick; do you have a plan for this? (Item #2)  What happens if we have a bad flu season and employers find themselves struggling to maintain business as usual? (Item #3)

While there is no specific flu pandemic threatening at the moment, a serious outbreak of even run-of-the-mill winter flu can threaten your business. (Item #4)  Here are five ways to prevent the flu from spreading at your office. (Item #5)  No matter what your role, you can pitch in to keep the flu on permanent vacation this season. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday Parties

November 8, 2017 - With Christmas less than 50 days away, many employers' thoughts turn to holiday parties. At first glance, you might say, "What do holiday parties have to do with business continuity?" But think about it... many of the holiday activities both in the workplace and outside it can create risky situations (food poisoning, sexual harassment, drunken driving) that might end in liability for your company. And liabilities can endanger your bottom line. This week's articles were chosen to help you avoid potentially litigious and unsafe situations.

You can help minimize the risks associated with holiday parties by following these five tips. (Item #1)   Does alcohol drinking mix safely with work events? (Item #2)   Here's what some creative companies are doing to celebrate the holidays with their employees. (Item #3)

Employers must be sensitive to the religious beliefs of their employees and create more flexible celebrations to include all of them. (Item #4)   if you're not treating your holiday party as a serious risk management responsibility, you're asking for trouble. (Item #5)   Sexual misconduct has no place at office holiday parties and can have grave consequences for individuals and organizations. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

After a Disaster...

November 1, 2017 - Most of us have planned carefully for all the things that can go wrong and have plans in place to mitigate the effects of various disasters. But have you thought about the period after the disaster is over? Do you know what you are going to do to overcome the challenge of insufficient funding while the business gets back on its feet? What about recovering records? And getting employees back to work if the workplace is gone? This week’s articles might help you consider what must be done right after the disruption but before things are back to whatever passes for normal at that point.

Here are 10 recovery actions you must take after a disaster. (Item #1)  Here are three things your business can take care of now to prepare for a natural disaster and get back up and running quickly.  (Item #2)  There are some steps you can take to help start the recovery process after a disaster. (Item #3)

One important thing to consider when doing business disaster planning is how to store and recover your business records. (Item #4)   Given these three imperatives --- ethical, compliance, and E&O liability --- and the mounting threat of extreme weather, what should professionals do to strengthen their existing business continuity plans? (Item #5)   To avoid or lessen downtime in today's modern world, businesses need to prepare in ways that involve both human and technological response. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Business Continuity Planning

October 25, 2017 - By now, you no doubt have a business continuity plan. When, however, did you last review it? Update it? We have to remember that a BCP is not a static thing; it is a dynamic plan that has to change with changes in the organization. If you haven’t reviewed your plan lately, this week’s articles can help you incorporate newer threats into your old plan.

Here's how to create a business continuity plan that gives your business the best chance of surviving a disaster. (Item #1)   Change management is an important piece of business interruption prevention and helps ensure security risk does not drift up during projects and day-to-day activities. (Item #2)   With the dynamic nature of BC in mind, how often should your organization review its business continuity plan? (Item #3)

Poor planning is definitely a big part of why organizations fail at business continuity, but the easy answer is that they’re simply overwhelmed by the challenges. (Item #4)   Paying a ransom is not the way to deal with a ransomware attack; instead, comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery planning provides the best solution says Paul Barber. (Item #5)   All businesses need to have a robust cybersecurity plan in place to prevent attacks and protect their data and systems, but it’s also important to have a strategy in place to respond to a breach. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crisis Response & Communication

October 11, 2017 - When dealing with communicating in a crisis, the first concerns should be to respond quickly, accurately and consistently. Obviously, the best approach is to have a plan to work from before the crisis hits. This will shorten your response time and enable everyone to hit the ground running. It's also important to ensure that everyone knows what's going on and what to say or not say in any situation. Take a look at these articles to see if your plans for crisis response are everything they need to be. 

Not sending complete and accurate information can hinder employee safety by creating confusion regarding exactly what is happening. (Item #1)   Here are some lessons learned from real-world crisis response. (Item #2)   This is what good communications after an incident looks like, looking at some real-world examples and emphasizing the importance of being transparent during a crisis. (Item #3)

Effective crisis response plans include these ten elements. (Item #4)   There are some things to be learned from the way Equifax handled communication about its breach. (Item #5)   What you say immediately after a crisis is important, so step in and make it known where your business stands during a crisis, even if it is just to acknowledge that a crisis has happened. (Item #6)

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