Most planners are beginning to accept and to promote “enterprise” planning rather than either specifically “business” or “support” (read IT) function-only plans. What is often not stressed is the need for what we term “all hands” planning. All hands includes everyone in the organization – from the janitor to chief executives. The reasons for promoting all hands planning are several, including:Interdependencies – no function stands alone. Risk awareness – no one person can be aware of all of the risks all of the time. Personal (Personnel) Safety – delegation of responsibility to all levels of the organization.Promoting all hands planning does not mean unit-level plans are useless or to be avoided. Unit-level (e.g. business functions, IT) plans are a critical component of the all hands planning approach, just as business continuation and disaster recovery or integral components of every business continuity plan.
All Hands On DeckWritten by Judi Besharah, CBCP & John Glenn, CRP
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