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The Guide To Human Resources (HR) In Malaysia

By
Alexander W.
Published On
July 14, 2021
Despite the unique situation in Malaysia right now, the aim for human resource (HR) teams remains the same: to manage the various needs of employees and to ensure that the company is a tightly-run ship. In 2021, HR best practices have evolved with digitalisation efforts and automation tools, with the "new normal" calling for a refreshed look at human capital.

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What is Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Why Is It Important For Your Business?

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What is Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Why Is It Important For Your Business?

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is basically the process of formulating a plan for your business — in the event of a crisis. These contingencies would include anything from a fire or flood, to a global pandemic like COVID-19. A good BCP will be general enough to be repurposed for a wide variety of circumstances, while retaining enough room to customise the plan to the specific needs of a situation.

BCPs are essential to businesses of all sizes, and a good plan will help your business face any potential disruptions to your business — including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting consequences to the economy in Malaysia.

What is Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Why Is It Important For Your Business?

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How to Create An Effective Business Continuity Plan (+ FREE Checklists)

Businesses with well-designed BCPs are also usually the companies that survive in the long run — but how do you create an effective BCP? There are a plethora of elements to it, but the three main areas that you should address first: Protect your employees, protect your business, and protect customers & stakeholders.

This plan can then be tailored, as mentioned above, to cater to the needs of different situations. If you're creating a BCP for your company today, we've compiled a checklist of must-haves for your company's new crisis management plan.

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How Digi Stayed Afloat During a Pandemic Using This Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Telecommunications giant Digi — also the creator of altHR — is one of the fortunate companies that had a solid BCP in place when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. From adaptations to human resource management, to a rethought approach to supplier & customer management, Digi has successfully enacted swift changes to work arranges to protect their business, employees, and customers.

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