Company Engagement Series: Taking the First Step Toward an Engaging BCM Culture
As a business continuity management (BCM) professional, you are undoubtedly tired of your company’s leaders and your fellow employees treating business continuity like a task on a to-do list. You want to create an enterprise-wide BCM culture that engages everyone from the CEO to the part-time employee. But, if that is the goal, where do you begin?
The first step toward a BCM culture actually starts within your department, not outside of it. It involves learning everything you can about your company and applying that learning to business continuity. This is not information gathering for the sake of information gathering: it is information gathering for the purpose of making an accurate assessment of where business continuity is in your organization today and what needs to change in order to build a BCM culture.
Sample questions – by no means an inclusive list – along with how to apply the collected data are shown in the table below.
Truthfully, most business continuity programs do not align at all with their company’s mission, goals, strategies, and the like. Nor do many business continuity personnel have a “seat at the table” within the executive circle. Is it any wonder, then, that a business continuity culture does not exist? But everything changes when alignment between business continuity and the business is well-established.