In the previous blog post, we considered how business continuity management could be seen as perhaps a luxury. After all, businesses are often struggling just to keep up to operational speed and within agreed budgets; the thought of side-lining fundamental operations with additional planning for what can be perceived as only possible problems may not be overly palatable. All the same, problems can and will arise for every company, and sooner or later, a business will face a serious disruption. Business continuity management is a strategy to cope with whatever may threaten your ability to function as a trading enterprise; it can determine your ability to smooth over disruptions. And ride out the storm intact. Business continuity management will call for work to get set up and running, but outsourcing can provide an achievable and affordable solution to the initial challenges of BCM.
Preparing for Inevitable Disruptions
Every business should, or indeed, must face up to the inevitability of disruption. Once the eventuality of disruption has been recognised, the value of BCM becomes clearer. If there is no continuity management in place, even small hiccups can quickly cause huge bottlenecks in distribution or workflow. If your staff are then forced to react, often starting on the back foot, results will be lacklustre and disappointing. How better it is if there is planning in place; staff will have playbooks, so to speak, fall-back, and alternatives on hand; all allowing business to continue, for routines to adapt, and profitability to be maintained.
As you work to create your continuity management scheme, a good deal of analysis and assessment will be undertaken. Such a level of study and research, perhaps to a degree never before experienced by your business, will allow you to identify potential bottlenecks and problems well before they can impact your productivity. The virtue of BCM as a streamlining tool becomes apparent; not only will you be better able to deal with disruptions, but by examining these potential disruptions, you may well reduce their frequency in the first place.
Training to Maximise and Limit
Implementing a BCM system does require an amount of onboarding; staff will need training, and overall business awareness must be fostered. Again, outsourcing can be a great help in this area, and Abilott are both happy and able to assist you with your business continuity management from end-to-end. From formulation to implementation, Abilott can make the entire process a smooth and gradual transition, where your business will move from a lack of preparedness to a full readiness for whatever issues may arise. Such an implementation programme can serve wider goals; not only will your staff be trained to follow the guidelines of your BCM system, but their overall awareness of business continuity issues can contribute to eliminating problems either before they arise, or before nascent problems get out of hand. Just as fire alarms and drills can avert total disaster, greater fire awareness can stop fires even developing. To a similar principle, as BCM can stop the worst effects of business disruptions, the increased staff awareness that it engenders can reduce the number of disruptions also.
Contact Abilott now to start the discussion regarding your business and how outsourced continuity solutions can help you manage the challenges you inevitably face. Reduce tomorrow’s problem-resolution times and costs by maximising your BCM preparedness today.