Organisations often see business continuity planning in terms of sites and systems but what about people? Who is making sure that HR policies support the need for extra flexibility when working hours or locations change? How about practical measures to keep staff informed when a crisis ocurrs? And what about providing support to staff post-event? When a crisis hits, you want your staff to be able to stay focused on keeping the business running, so what can be done now to deliver this?
There's an interesting online survey being run by the Business Continuity Institute on their website that asks a range of questions to get you thinking about what role HR should play. After all, there's a fair chance that when a crisis hits an organisation that HR will be in the front line dealing with people-related issues.
It's a must. In my last couple of employers HR have been central to the BCM team. However, watch what you wish for as there are some unpleasant but necessary tasks to be doled out by the BCM team.
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