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#HRTailgate Preview: Preparing Your Business for Natural Disasters and Emergencies

How do you make sure your business is prepared for natural disasters and emergencies?

#HRTailgateWhat can businesses do to prepare a game plan for business and HR issues concerning unforeseen or expected natural disasters and emergencies?

The impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have us thinking hard about a host of practical, legal and other HR compliance concerns. From how to pay employees who are unable to get to the office due to flooding or other structural damage, to putting a remote work policy and business continuity plan in place, the list of concerns and preparations is long and sometimes complex.

The good news? You can put a strong business and HR game plan in place to ensure the smoothest ride possible.

Join us October 19 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST, for a special #HRTailgate spin-off, #BizTailgate, as will delve into the various business and HR issues concerning natural disasters and emergencies. The host of your chat is G&A Partners’ Vice President of Client Relations Kim Traylor. Our special guest host is HRDive’s Editor Kathryn Moody.

BizTailgate-Business Continuity

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to participate. A Twitter chat is a live conversation focused on a topic — for this month; ours is business continuity and disaster planning. The chat has eight questions; chat participants can engage in dialogue with chat hosts and other chat participants by answering the questions and using the hashtags #HRTailgate and #BizTailgate. (Forbes shares everything you need to know about a Twitter chat in this article.)

Want to know what to expect? Get excited and gear up for the chat by visiting the recap of past HR Tailgates: “How to Score a Work-Life Balance,” “Gear Up for Workplace Safety,” “HR Law: Avoid Being Out of Bounds,” “2017 Workplace Wellness Plans,” “How to Score a Winning Company Culture,” “Make Your Employees Feel Like MVPs,” “The Evolution of Employee Benefits,” and “How Office Environment Impacts Culture and Productivity.”

How to participate:

First: Follow your chat hosts on Twitter:

  • Kim Traylor, G&A Partners’ Vice President of Client Relations – @GAPartners
  • Kathryn Moody, HRDive’s Editor – @KatMMoody / @hrdive

Then: Prepare to share your knowledge and learn from others with the following questions:

1. How should a business determine what kind of disaster/emergency situations it should be planning for?
2. Who should own the responsibility of developing, maintaining and implementing a company’s business continuity plan (BCP)?
3. What are some key factors companies should consider when conducting a business impact analysis (BIA)?
4. What are some examples of technologies, processes, tools (etc.) that can help augment a company’s BCP?
5. Receiving your paycheck on time becomes even more critical in the aftermath of a disaster. What can employers do to ensure they are still able to maintain payroll continuity during a disaster/emergency situation?
6. Disasters/emergencies can often cause communication problems. What are some suggestions for staying in touch with employees throughout a disaster situation?
7. What should the criteria for allowing employees to work from home if they are unable to access the office/worksite?
8. What are some ways businesses can support employees affected by a natural disaster?

Next: End your answers with both hashtags #BizTailgate #HRTailgate to participate.

Will you score the winning touchdown during this month’s special #BizTailgate version of #HRTailgate?

We’ll see you on Thursday, October 19!

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