A Business Continuity policy is useful to every organization “investing” in a Business Continuity service. In practice, it ensures that all relative arrangements are implemented in a structured and prioritized manner, meeting all objectives and “securing” the commitment of all personnel involved.
What are the main “ingredients” a policy should include?
As it happens with all corporate policies, a Business Continuity policy should ideally be written clearly in a document and shared with all involved parties.
To that, its content should be divided in easy to perceive sections. Here is an example:
- The objective
- The principles
- Roles and responsibilities
- Reporting and debriefing processes
- Procurement details
- Training, testing, reviewing
Additionally, managers may find it useful to also include an Appendix, since it is common to include unknown terms and abbreviations in the content.
Οf course, the above are just plain examples. Content and content categories may vary according the organization and its needs.
In what way is this different from a Business Continuity plan?
Α plan is a plan….A policy is the document setting the principles on which a plan is based on.
Making things clear to everyone
Business Continuity is all about eliminating your organization’s vulnerability to disasters and maintain continuous business operation even in case of a crisis.
A policy – together with a plan – is almost worthless if people do not understand them.
As written in a previous blogpost as well, if employees and managers do not have a clear understanding of the policy and of the plan, execution in times of crisis will be difficult and the whole process can be seriously compromised.
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