10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #8 Job Descriptions

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 #8 Have business continuity expectations included in job descriptions of key positions

In the plan you have designated certain responsibilities to employees according to their job title.  Have human resources add these responsibilities to the job description.  This has several important benefits:

  1. Job postings will include this responsibility giving an advantage to job seekers that are already trained for this role
  2. Performance reviews will include a review of business continuity responsibilities
  3. New employees taking over the role will seek out training if they are not prepared for the responsibility
  4. Business continuity will no longer be “in addition to my job” but a part of it

Make sure that you include updating these job descriptions as part of your maintenance 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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