Wednesday, November 19, 2014

After the disruption...

By now many, if not most, of businesses have made plans for getting through a disaster or disruption by creating business continuity plans. But does your BCP contain enough information to get you past the disruption and through the next several months if necessary? As we all know, the percentage of businesses that don't survive disruptions is very high. This week's information could help increase your odds of survival.

Have you made plans for the survival of your business after a disaster? (Item #1)    Here are some tips for surviving a natural disaster. (Item #2)    When is the best time for you and your team to prepare a post-disaster to-do list? (Hint: It's not during the hurricane.) (Item #3)

Business survival is not assured by reopening the doors. (Item #4)    What do you need to do to return to "business as normal?" (Item #5)    Although aimed at earthquake victims, this information is good advice for getting back on track after any disaster. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Holidays & Business Continuity

There are only 42 days until Christmas, so it's definitely time to consider the kinds of issues that face organizations during the holiday season. From the potential problems of holidays parties to ensuring you can satisfy employee time-off requests without weakening your business continuity plans, it's a season fraught with decisions that can cause all kinds of problems, including legal ones. This week's articles focus on avoiding the pitfalls of Christmas/holiday parties as well as managing continuity planning over the holiday season.

What possible legal issues could you face from an office party? (Item #1)   Combine social media tweets and posts with holiday parties, and you could have a serious problem. (Item #2)   Here are some tips for a trouble-free holiday party. (Item #3)

Read this employer's guide to Christmas: office parties, religious discrimination and Christmas bonuses. (Item #4)   By clearly communicating to employees up front, you can ensure your employees enjoy a well-deserved break while ensuring business continuity during the holiday season. (Item #5)   One of these five tips could help your holiday continuity planning. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Business Continuity Planning

When you envision the way your business continuity plan will be put to use, what do you think of as the cause... a natural disaster, bombings, shootings? While these things may possibly be the cause of using your plan, it’s probably more likely that something of a lesser scope -- power outage, lack of internet access, flooded roads, for example -- may require that you implement your plan. So, if you’ve put off creating or updating your plan because you can’t envision a huge disaster occurring on your watch, perhaps you should change your mind. This week’s articles shed light on a number of topics that could help.

The biggest risk a company faces in today’s uncertainty of cyber-attacks is not being prepared. (Item #1)   Here is a suggested structure for a business continuity plan. (Item #2)   A comprehensive business continuity program involves not only a solid plan, but also the resources and the staff to execute on that plan. (Item #3)

Your human resource manager or designate needs to form a people-oriented business continuity plan for handling emergencies. (Item #4)   When developing a plan, input is needed from just about everyone. (Item #5)   As business continuity planners you may have experienced or are experiencing the journey through the Nine Circles of Planning Hell. (Item #6)

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