What is the continuity essential job filter and how do I use it?

Faethm’s continuity essential job filter provides a view of which jobs can be central or critical to supporting an organisation’s business continuity through times of disruption.

There is limited business continuity research to inform conventions for continuity essential jobs and this can vary by organisation context. These categories can serve as a guide for your organisation’s analysis, and can be refined and updated based on your unique organisational context.

To support a guiding framework, Faethm defines continuity-essential jobs as:

  • Future-essential: deliver value to the organisations through a mixture of higher-level skills and knowledge that enable the future strategic direction of the business.

  • Operational-essential: keep the business running, a loss of an individual could disrupt business operations, lead to revenue loss, or impact the reputation of the firm.

  • Non-essential: jobs that are in high supply. For example, a store manager may be critical to the operations of a store; however, there is a larger supply of store managers in the market meaning it is easier to hire for now and in future.

This filter can serve as a way to identify core jobs and associated workers to prioritise productivity enablement for driving on-going continuity.

The Job Corridor can be used to support transitioning additional workers with relative job attributes (skills, tasks, etc.) into these continuity essential jobs.