Crisis management and business continuity planning

Minimizing the impact of crises has always been a consideration in the world of business, but recent catastrophic crises highlight the need to consistently reassess and understand what processes your company has in place for crisis management and business continuity planning. This post from the UK government’s Businesslink service provides several suggestions and best practices around preparing for a potential crisis, no matter the form it takes. As an example, the article provides a few tips around transportation: Document how each member of staff gets to work. Consider establishing a car sharing scheme or providing staff with transport to and from work. Encourage the use of public transport. Provide IT support systems to facilitate home working should the need arise. The Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Cabinet Office have produced guidance for businesses on how to draw up a business continuity plan to deal with potential fuel shortages. The guide outlines the possible impact of a fuel shortage and contains measures you could implement in the event of a strike or failure in the fuel supply. Other tips include knowledge sharing (so you do not depend on just a few key people), assuring the building your company operates in is sound in wiring, plumbing, and structure, and assuring that you have backup plans for IT systems.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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