The Importance of Alternate Work Site Recovery Agreements

Do each of your business units have an agreement with their alternate work site?  Your business units should have a comprehensive agreement outlining what will and will not be provided at the alternate work site.  An Alternate Work Site Recovery Agreement should include the following information:

  • Name of Recovering Business Unit
  • Name of Receiving Business Unit
  • Alternate Work Site Address
  • Alternate Work Site Space to be used
  • Alternate Work Site Technology to be used.
  • Hours the Alternate Work Site can be used.
  • Length of time the Alternate Work Ste can be used by the Recovering Business Unit
  • Contact Lists  (Alternate Work Site Personnel, Recovering Business Unit, etc.)

The agreements should be updated annually or when major changes occur within the recovering business unit or alternate work site.   Even if you have one global alternate work site, you should make you know what units are using that and what expectations exist.

Using alternate site agreements ensures the BCP Office can keep track of who is going where and all parties know what to expect.  Remember, to use these agreements in coordination with your global relocation plan I talked about in an earlier blog.

About MHA:  MHA Consulting, with its decade long track record, is a proven leader in business continuity planning, disaster recovery planning, IT best practices and data center moves and relocations.  Everyday, MHA helps protect trillions of dollars of global market assets and top companies around the world rely on MHA services for the continuity of their business.  For more information on how MHA can help you, contact Michael Herrera, President & CEO of MHA Consulting at [email protected].

Michael Herrera is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MHA. In his role, Michael provides global leadership to the entire set of industry practices and horizontal capabilities within MHA. Under his leadership, MHA has become a leading provider of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services to organizations on a global level. He is also the founder of BCMMETRICS, a leading cloud based tool designed to assess business continuity compliance and residual risk. Michael is a well-known and sought after speaker on Business Continuity issues at local and national contingency planner chapter meetings and conferences. Prior to founding MHA, he was a Regional VP for Bank of America, where he was responsible for Business Continuity across the southwest region.

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