Attainium's Business Continuity NewsBriefs

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Testing & Training

Dec 7, 2016 - Having a business continuity plan that has not been tested might do you more harm than good. Everything can fall apart if people don't know what they are supposed to do or elements of the plan don't work. Soooo... we really cannot say this enough: Test your plan and train your people so everyone will have confidence that the plan will work.

 

Winter Weather

Nov 30, 2016 - Whether you're in the northeast, the midwest or the south, winter weather of one kind or another can disable your business, costing you money and lost productivity. Planning now will help you weather the storms of winter that we know are just ahead (some places already have experienced heavy snow and ice). This issue will show you how planning helped last winter and some of the things to think about for the upcoming winter.

 

The Flu and Your Business

Nov 16, 2016 - According to the CDC, it's not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. While flu spreads every year, they say, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. Flu season starts around this time of year and peaks from December to March, but now, while there is no serious epidemic, is the time to do something about it. The National Institutes of Health estimates that the flu costs $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. And workers report their productivity decreases by half when powering through the flu at work. This issue is aimed at helping prevent infection and spreading the flu.

 

Holiday Issues

Nov 9, 2016 - Don't panic, but Christmas is only 46 days away, and it's likely your holiday party or other activities will occur during that time. Are you having a party? Sponsoring some sort of charity activity? Whatever you do, you certainly don't want anything that happens to result in legal actions against the organization. This issue provides answers to how to handle various aspects of the holiday gathering and how to avoid problems.

 

After a Disaster...

Nov 2, 2016 - We talk a lot about preparing for disruptions and disasters, but sometimes we don’t talk enough about what to do after something happens. Perhaps these steps should be included in your business continuity plan. This issue can help you figure out what after disaster should strikes.

 

Business Continuity Planning

Oct 26, 2016 - When's the last time you dusted off, reviewed and updated your business continuity plan? Many of you will answer never or several years ago. If you haven't done so in the last year, you definitely need to be doing it now so you can be confident in it if you have to use it. Do all your employees know about it and what their roles are, even the new employees? We thought not. Soon we will turn back the clocks and we should be tuning up our plans as well.

 

Risk Management

Oct 19, 2016 - Everything we do has a certain level of risk. It’s the way you manage those risks that could spell the difference between success and failure. This issue can help identify the potential risks you face and how to accept them, mitigate them or avoid them.

 

Crisis Communication

Oct 12, 2016 - Winston Churchill once said that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. This is also true of news about a crisis and your response to it. You have to be ready to talk to all stakeholders when a crisis occurs, as soon as it occurs -- to get out in front of it. The first response does not have to be definitive, because you will need to refine the message as you learn more about the situation. But you do have to respond. This issue can help with your response... and check out the worst crisis communications mistakes in Item #5.

 

Cyber Security Awareness

Oct 5, 2016 - Because October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, we thought we would take a look at how organizations can raise awareness of cyber security among their own employees. Many studies have shown that employees are the usually the weakest link in the cyber security chain and all could benefit from more frequent, consistent training. This is not to say that they are the only firewall against cyber attacks (see article #3), but the more they know the more they can be helpful in shoring up your cyber security efforts.

 

Meetings and Events

Sep 28, 2016 - If you run events and have not had any incidents that made you wonder why you do it, then you must be one of the luckiest people on the planet. And in today’s world, there are more possible disruptions and potential crises than ever before because our increased use of technology has made us more vulnerable to hacking and other incidents. So remember that, where crises are concerned, it’s not if you’ll be a victim but when. This issue can help you be better prepared to avoid these risks.

 

Fire Prevention and Preparedness

Sep 21, 2016 - October is Fire Prevention Month and October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the notorious blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres on October 8th and 9th, 1871. It has since been expanded to Fire Prevention Month. This is the time of year when we need to ensure that we are prepared for the potential of fires and the dangers they present. This issue can help you with your preparations and planning.