An interesting article was recently written by David Honour, and posted on the ContinuityCentral.com website. It was entitled, “Should Whistle-Blowing be an Essential Aspect of a Good Business Continuity Management System?”
Our staff liked the play on words that Mr. Honour created by utiliziing the word “whistle-blowing” in the title — because while the concept is too often seen as a threat to an organization, the truth of the matter is that by promoting and giving workers more of a voice in the business continuity management system (BCM) process, more organizational insights are gained — this clearly supports an argument that it really makes sense for an organization to make employees feel more valued, empowered and listened to by management.
We fully recognize that whistle-blowing has often been seen as a threat, particularly a reputation threat, by boards: it is usually thought of as internal employees reporting their organization to an external regulator or government body. However, we totally agree with Mr. Honour when he states that “This should be the whistle-blowing of last resort!” On the contrary, our staff thinks that the more involvement by more people in the BCM process, the better the outcome will be for having a robust and continuously improving BCM system.
If you think that trying to shift this paradigm of associated “negative baggage” with the term “whistle-blowing” would be too hard of a hill to climb for your organization, let us hear about that too…..
In the end, we suggest that our readers would review this article and share it with their business continuity planning team members. A first question to ask those planning teams might be, “How do you think our organization and this team feels about actively encouraging our employees to “whistle blow” about elements and aspects affecting the design and implementation of an effective BCM system?”
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