Personal Continuity Plans

Continuity in Business aims to help all sizes of organisation with their business continuity planning.  We aim our work mostly at those of you who either aren’t experts in business continuity or who want to minimise the time you spend creating resources so you can get on with the actual job.  But in concentrating on the organisation and the bigger need, let’s not overlook a fundamental basic in continuity planning: do you and your staff have personal continuity plans?

There are lots of things that can disrupt our ability to work as normal, and we’re not going to dwell on those that mean we can’t work, but those that make it difficult to work as normal.  For example, what if the transport fails, a snow storm keeps you in your home, your house is burgled, there’s a flu pandemic or your children are sick?

For these eventualities, all staff should be encouraged to have their own continuity plans!

Having some or all of the following can be a real life saver in unexpected circumstances:

  • Spare phone charger and/or battery pack
  • Lists of phone numbers, including insurers, doctors, utility providers, etc.
  • Digital photos of your house in case you need to prove you owned something
  • Back ups of personal files – if you need something simple that you don’t need to remember, what about an online service like Drop Box?
  • Stash of dried and tinned food
  • Fill the car with petrol if you need to prepare for something
  • Emergency cash and, for some, emergency credit card
In many countries, asking your staff about contingency plans for their dependents is a no-no, but if you offer the space for those who need to raise it to do so, you may be more prepared as an organisation to deal with enforced absences during such events.
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