The Rise and Rise of Data-Based Decision-Making: Incorporating Agile Practices into EHSQ Business Continuity Planning

Importance of data-based decisions

In the words of Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist: “Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

Put another way, in a world dealing with the impact of COVID-19, organizations should essentially be in a perpetual state of movement or advancement to be able to withstand future disruptions.


Transitioning from the Immediate Response Phase to the Forward-Looking Business Continuity Phase


To provide context, let’s look at the situation from the beginning. Immediately following the outbreak of COVID-19, during what we refer to as the respond phase. In this phase, organizations went into full-blown solutions mode to resolve pressing issues. Key examples of this include: tracking the exposure of employees who may have been exposed to the virus, ramping up case management efforts to monitor injuries, keeping on top of work restrictions and recording and reporting employees’ medical visits. Essentially, organizations had to stop … Read more...

Worth its Weight in Gold: How Data Has Become the Driving Force Behind Effective EHSQ Decision-Making

Data and analysis to drive decision-making

In the words of acclaimed engineer, statistician, professor and author, W. Edwards Deming: “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” While Deming passed away over 25 years ago, those words ring true even today.


The Importance of Sound Decision-Making in EHSQ


While the importance of making thoroughly researched and well-analyzed decisions is important in most areas of business, in the EHSQ field, it is even more so as the safety of workers and the environment is the number one goal.

According to experts at BLR: “Data can identify trends, challenges and opportunities, and data-driven organizations know more about their processes and the markets in which they operate, providing them with more options when identifying strategies to respond to disruption and gain an advantage over less-agile competitors.”


The Growing Demand for Data


To highlight the growing popularity and applicability of data, reputable sources such as the Economist have … Read more...

Safety First: Boosting Your Organization’s Culture of Safety by Steering Clear of Seven Dangerous Mistakes

Safety Management Program

As they say, “invest in tomorrow by practicing safety today.” While that may seem to be a very commonsensical statement, common sense is not always common.

With safety being a key component to most post-pandemic business continuity plans, there has been a re-focus on the culture of safety. Most organizations that have a safety-first mantra have put a strong focus on creating effective safety observation programs. According to Chuck Pettinger, Process Change Leader for Predictive Solutions Corp, these programs “bolster employee engagement and provide a great repository for leading indicator analysis.”

While the focus of any safety program is to incorporate best practices and learnings to ensure that your program is founded on foolproof methods, there is also a lot we can learn from their failures. Put another way, we can identify additional opportunities to further test and optimize.


How Multi-Faceted Safety Programs Can Effectively Drive a Strong Safety Culture
Read more...

Our Upcoming Expert Connect Session: Elevate your Business Continuity Program with Mobile EHS Technology

Someone once said: “Commitment is the ignitor of momentum.” When it comes to our recently launched Expert Connect series, those words definitely ring true.

Designed to provide attendees with an exciting experience based on the exchange of ideas, experiences and industry knowledge, our Expert Connect series is a true testament to our continued focus on trying to provide our customers, prospects and community with a breadth of experiences.


Introducing Our Second Session: Elevate your Business Continuity Program with Mobile EHS Technology


We’re elated to announce our second session, Elevate your Business Continuity Program with Mobile EHS Technology, which will be held on Wednesday, September 30th!

This session will demonstrate the importance of optimizing your mobile tech strategy within your business continuity plan. Attendees of this session will learn:

  1. Advanced methods for collecting and analyzing data to ultimately make sound insight-driven decisions.
  2. Techniques and tools to help maintain two-way communications
Read more...

Preserving Your Company’s Brand: Your Business During a Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States in early 2020, very few could imagine the enormous impact the virus would make on life as we knew it.

The first quarter of 2020, many business leaders found themselves enjoying the prosperity of a surging economy. We discovered how quickly life can change.

Within weeks of the first positive case in the United States, stay at home orders and other restrictions placed many business leaders in unfamiliar territory. Even businesses that had business continuity plans found themselves wondering how to proceed. The reality is that until recently, very few businesses have ever had the need to action their business continuity plans.

The Sept. 23 webinar “Preserving Your Company’s Brand: Your Business During a Pandemic,” hosted by BLR and sponsored by Intelex, explores the impacts of the pandemic on your business.

All Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic Businesses around … Read more...

Preserving Longevity: Building a Business Continuity Plan Based on ISO 22301:2019, ISO 31000:2018 and Best-of-Breed ESHQ Software Solutions

In the words of Charles Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

This applies to the business world where we see organizations that not only have adapted to but thrived in change or disruptions. Further, this brings to light the evolution of and significance of the concept of business continuity.


Unequivocally Essential: The Importance of Business Continuity Planning in Determining Risk and Supply Chain Resilience


As the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to the global supply chain system have been nothing short of catastrophic, business leaders, particularly those with complex supply chain systems, have had to put solid efforts into examining the way they operate their businesses and possibly revisit their business continuity plans.

In some cases, this requires stepping back and looking at the plan not only from a … Read more...

Combining Worlds: Why Leveraging Key Health and Behavioral Economics-Based Strategies Are Integral to Post-Pandemic Business Continuity

While it’s not common to incorporate highly scientific principles and insights into corporate strategies, it’s not completely unheard of either. If anything, the current business landscape calls for it.

Incorporating Science and Business: The Key to Reviving Post-Pandemic Business Operations


To meet the pressures of continuing commerce-related activities and trade, leaders have been faced with making challenging decisions on a regular basis. As a result, many decision-makers, through a lack of understanding of the true breadth and severity of the epidemic, have decisions that appear to favor business interests over public health.

To add to the gravity of the situation, let’s look at some alarming and insightful observations that health and business experts have made:

  • COVID-19 is not an emergency that has short-term implications – rather, it is a major disrupter, having both high impacts and long-term implications.
  • The pandemic will be around for the next 2 to 5 years
Read more...

Your Business Continuity Toolkit: A One-Stop Destination to Drive Business Agility

As the age-old adage goes, “a goal without a plan is only a wish.” Interestingly, that saying is just as relevant and powerful today as it has been in the past.

As businesses continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders are faced with developing long-term strategies, all while addressing immediate needs and challenges. This is where the business continuity model and framework come in.

For this very reason, it’s become even more critical to provide decision-makers with key industry-specific, actionable recommendations through processes and toolkits – to save them time and give them the bandwidth needed to tackle pressing issues that require their attention.

The Definition of Business Continuity


As defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO), business continuity management is “a management process that identifies potential threats and provides a framework for building resilience and capability for an effective response which safeguards the interests of … Read more...

Are You Ready to Return to Work? Intelex Hosts Ready2Return Virtual Conference for Post-Pandemic Health & Safety and Business Continuity

The “new normal” of the post-pandemic workplace requires reimagining all aspects of the workplace, employee health and safety, and being ready for anything to ensure business continuity.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, is hosting a three-part post-pandemic workplace event, the Ready2Return Virtual Conference, taking place June 9, 16, and 23, 2020. Held over three consecutive Tuesdays, the free event is the first of its kind, bringing together a large, global community of experts and EHSQ practitioners to share best practices for the foreseeable phases in the re-opening of workplaces in the post-pandemic global economy. 
 
The “new normal” of the post-pandemic workplace requires reimagining all aspects of the workplace, employee health and safety, and being ready for anything to ensure business continuity. As the complexities that come along with returning employees to work and resuming business operations … Read more...

Communicating in Crisis: Employees

In Part Three of the series “Communicating in Crisis,” Scott Gaddis explains how important it is for EHS practitioners to be as honest and transparent as possible when communicating to employees about a crisis situation.

Unless employees are front row center as a crisis unfolds, it’s a safe bet that only versions of the truth are being shared with them by coworkers.

First and foremost, it is paramount during a crisis that the EHS practitioner and the management team be as upfront and honest as possible with employees. This does not mean the organization is admitting fault or taking the blame, but is communicating what is known as truth at the time the crisis is occurring. Unless employees were front row center as the crisis unfolded, it’s a safe bet that only versions of the truth are being shared with various fabrications of the facts crafting a new storyline as … Read more...