In the latest Business Continuity Institute (BCI)’s Continuity and Resilience Magazine (Q4 2020) a special report was published, titled: From Home – The new normal, (by Sue Weekes).
It is a relevant and insightful report. As a member of the BCI (MBCI) and BCM practitioner, I would like to summaries, share and add my own insights to this report; divided into the following three parts:
Part 1: The challenges business continuity (BC) practitioners experience
Part 2: The shift to online learning and development
Part 3: Connecting and keeping in touch
Part 1: The challenges BC practitioners experience:
- Working from home has become a necessity. BC practitioners are faced with the complex task and responsibility to ensure that working from home is not as a short term business recovery solution but as a permanent business continuity strategy.
- Whilst the majority of business functions only have their own performance and productivity to take care of, BC practitioners have the daunting task to ensure the entire business runs effectively.
- Relevant and timely communications during a disruption is a “make or break” situation for any business. Executive and senior management are constantly looking at BC practitioners to provide the necessary guidance for effective internal and external communication, yet another challenge BC practitioners have to absorb.
- The working from home scenario is constantly dealing with workforce feelings of isolation and other mental health problems, which has an impact on work performance. As BC practitioner you might feel this is the one challenge you are not up to….
In summary: BC practitioners are struggling; they are stretched to the limit and highly stressed.
Looking forward to sharing Part 2 with you shortly.