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Employee Safety & Business Continuity During Emergencies Part 2 (Two)
We continue our series on employee safety and business continuity during emergencies with focus on actual business continuity
ENSURING BUSINESS CONTINUITY
Effective communication is vital for employee safety, but it also supports business continuity before, during, and after a crisis. A recent study by Axios found that ineffective internal communication costs organizations an average of $15,000 per employee per year. Today, companies can’t afford to have even the smallest part of their operations compromised without quickly adjusting and implementing an alternative solution to keep the business running. When day-to-day norms are rattled — from the smallest to the biggest disruption — employees can easily become confused or distracted. Without multiple avenues for direction and communication, mitigating assets and operational risks in real-time can cause millions in financial loss, a massive drop in employee productivity, and an operational standstill.
UTILIZING THREAT INTELLIGENCE TOOLS AND RUNNING A RISK ASSESSMENT IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREPARE FACILITY MANAGERS FOR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PROPERLY.
It’s nearly impossible to decipher every risk, but utilizing threat intelligence tools and running a risk assessment is an effective way to prepare facility managers for business continuity properly. Newer threat intelligence systems provide a significant opportunity to proactively identify potential threats, align on alternative operations, and alert employees before a threat becomes a crisis. While crises may vary depending on the location and operations, any business continuity plan should include proactive risk monitoring and real-time risk assessment, communication protocols for sending emergency notifications to impacted groups, and details concerning steps to mitigate the impacts of disruptive events until normal operations can be restored.
The ability to quickly identify potential and active threats around facilities and execute an emergency response plan can be a major competitive advantage in today’s evolving threat landscape. If not handled properly, the risks businesses and their employees face can create major safety issues and lasting impacts to brand reputation, which organizations can’t afford to lose. Organizations that invest in proactive risk monitoring, robust emergency preparedness, and communication planning will be well-positioned to both meet their duty of care obligations and weather any crisis.
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