I really need to get this done quickly.
Once I have buy in from the top management in an organisation, I need to “embed” business continuity within it. To do this you almost need to talk to every member of staff, and at the very least all the middle management and operational managers.
They need to know that this is a core discipline within the business. Part of this process is reassuring them, that they will get adequate resource and support from their chain of command.
It is the operational and middle management that will have to implement the plans and activate response structures when things go wrong, whilst top management deal with communications, the press and reputational issues.
There are lots of ways to do this – seminars, training sessions, awareness campaigns, right down to toolbox talks on the shop floor.
So, to answer the first question, how long will it take?
This depends on the nature of the organisation, the number of staff and locations over which they operate, and it can be anything from 6 months, to 3 years.
Business Continuity is ongoing process which will lead to enhanced operational resilience at all levels and embedding that is absolutely critical.