Training provides you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge base and build credibility within your organisation in a specific field of expertise. The benefits of this development expand further with Business Continuity Management (BCM) and could mean the difference between organisational success or failure.
Organisations that do not invest in BCM training leave themselves vulnerable to serious financial, operational and reputational impacts.
1. Training costs less than a major disruption
The cost of training BCM professionals is a fraction of the expense versus the mismanagement of a major crisis. Disruptions can significantly impact your business and affect operations if you are not properly prepared – downtime can hinder productivity and potential loss of revenue. BCM training prepares you to respond to an incident timeously and keeps your business operational within acceptable timeframes.
2. Organisations don’t always recognise their shortcomings
Conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) helps determine and evaluate the potential effects a disruption could have on critical business operations, however without appropriate training, BIA’s can be poorly executed. A BCM course provides participants with the knowledge to formulate a complete BIA plan and teaches you to effectively evaluate your organisations potential single points of failure.
3. Assuming you are prepared for any business disruption
Without proper training, even the most experienced leaders cannot be expected to be knowledgeable on what to do in a crisis, leaving everyone to their own devices which leads to incorrect decision making and confusion during an incident. Managers who understand their roles in a crisis are key to ensuring prompt and efficient action is taken to minimise loss and recover within your Recovery Time Objectives.
4. Personal career development
Not only is BCM training beneficial to your organisation, but also to you as an individual. The BCM certification is globally recognised, providing you with worldwide opportunities within the BCM sector for career development and contributes towards higher accreditations based on your experience.
5. One BCM plan does not fit all
An organisation specific BCM plan is critical for any recovery strategy as there is not a generic one plan to suit all businesses. Investing in training provides you with the skills to write a BCM plan specific to your organisation, and to help prepare for a crisis based on your particular circumstances.
ContinuityEastAfrica offers multiple BCM courses which cover all components of Business Continuity Management, including case studies and practical classroom exercises.