10 Ways to Improve your Awareness and Training Programmes – tip #10 Annual Report or Executive Briefing

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 #10 Conduct an annual executive briefing and an annual report on the state of the program

The best method to keep executives up to date on program strategies is to include this information during executive or steering committee meetings so the same people that make decisions regarding risk management strategies are the ones that implement them during a disruptive event.  This also gives board members or ministers the opportunity to question senior management on their responsibilities during an event.  Be prepared with answers or training opportunities.Vanguardtrainingmaterial

Training and testing are intertwined.  After an exercise you may find an increase in demand for further training.  Take advantage of any momentum and schedule training immediately following the exercise while the need is still clear in the minds of participants.

If you are able to use these ten tips to promote awareness and training in your organization, your business continuity program will start to have real energy, your people will start to possess strong BC plan understanding, and your teams will be ready for a challenging exercise.

Congratulations! Business continuity is now a serious endeavour in your organization.

(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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