10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #3 lunch and learn

Now your organization has a thoroughly researched, well written business continuity plan sleeping on a shelf somewhere. Time to get the word out!  All employees need to be aware of their role in the plan.  The various team members need to be given some training before they can start to exercise the plan.

Tip #3 Present “lunch and learn” live or web-based seminars

The business continuity planning team can provide “lunch and learn” live or web-based seminars on key topics.  On-demand, web-based training modules are also a great way to provide training on a detailed process to a large group of people.  Many organizations have a training department that can help with the development of these training modules or you can have a third-party develop them for you.

Occasionally, set up an information booth at the entrance to your facilities, at corporate retreats or in the cafeteria.  Here you can:

  • Re-distribute or update wallet cards or other physical materials
  • Ask interested employees to complete short business continuity quizzes and award a small emergency preparedness prize for the most accurate responses
  • Advertise upcoming training and exercises

This is also a great time to speak with employees about their concerns with the program.

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice Seven – Awareness and Training Programs DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

‘When planning for war, I have always found plans to be useless, but planning to be invaluable.’ General Eisenhower

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