10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #9 Employee Orientations

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 #9 Get involved in new employee orientations

Orientations are a great time to provide employees with a general understanding of your business continuity program and to make them aware of ways that they can obtain further information.  Wallet cards or other items should be part of their orientation package.

If you are able to make a live presentation during the orientation, find out if any of the new employees has specific business continuity responsibilities.  Be prepared to give these people specific training information including training times and expectations.  A disaster could occur on their first day on the job!

Book time with new executives to provide them with a briefing on the business continuity program, the plan and any required training. Make certain to offer a tour of the EOC.

(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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