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'Other Duties As Assigned'

Written by  NATALIE R. JONES

An Argument for Relationship-Building to Build Business Continuity Programs People have a hard time imagining what could happen when it has not yet happened. Imagining and working on a plan to recover from a possible disruption that has not happened before is not typically part of an accountant’s job – accountants work with hard concrete numbers and specific accounting principles. Imagining is not part of a line manager’s job – they work with defined processes, detailed specifications and work procedures, and deadlines – no time to plan for some hypothetical risk that may or may not happen! A vice president or director focuses their attention to key performance indicators (KPIs) and return on investment (ROI). They are not easily convinced to approve business continuity initiatives when an emergency has not even happened (and by the way, never has happened.) Yet, these are the very people we, as business continuity professionals, must