Having a plan in place can help employers and employees react when faced with the unexpected.
“Lack of a disaster plan is one of the most critical areas we see challenges in. It’s difficult to identify any disaster that can happen to any business,” says safety expert Philip Farina.He offers that though disasters come in many forms, implementing a comprehensive plan will protect you, your employees and your customers.
Don’t think you need a disaster plan? Think again, says Farina, a board certified security expert and CEO of Farina and Associates Ltd. A disaster can come in the form of a tornado or the angry ex of one of your employees. Not having a plan means negligence on your part, and negligence equals liability. Aside from a moral obligation to protect your employees and customers, failure to do so can be catastrophic to your business.
A well thought-out disaster plan takes foresight but is fairly straightforward to create by following these four steps:
1. Determine who will be in charge
2. Develop procedures and policies
3. Communicate with your employees
4. Consider exceptions