Re: I haven't seen a good game of Reply-to-All Tennis in years
At a previous job I was once told "write disaster recovery plans for the IT" because some auditor had flagged it up as a missing thing they had to tick off. Once I'd
been on a jolly got some suitable training in business continuity I knew that this wasn't something I could do in isolation of the company wide business continuity plan which ... yes you've guessed, did not exist. My requests to know what the recovery point objectives, recovery time objectives, and most importantly, budget for any needed improvements to processes in order to meet those was met with "stop being awkward and just do it".
I did also try and prompt manglement into considering some basics - suggesting things like "wouldn't it be a great idea if we knew who kept the keys to the village hall, you know, in case there's an incident and people can't go back into the building - and also can't go home because their car and house keys are also in the building ?"
Then one day we had a fire alarm - it wasn't a real fire, but it also wasn't a drill. The company handled flammable substances, and an empty "boiler" had been left on, causing some evaporation fumes which triggered a detector. So there we all are, stood outside in the cold and wet - most of them soaked to the skin, and it's starting to go dark. I say "them" because I grabbed my jacket off the back of my chair as I stood up - so I had a jacket, and my car keys (so was able to lend a couple of brollies - not that 2 brollies go far when there's over 200 people work there). And I said to one of the senior manglement something like "so, if this were a real fire and we weren't going back into the building, what would you do now for the welfare of all these employees at danger of hypothermia ?" That didn't go down too well, and needless to say, the answer didn't involve sending people to the village hall (or the pub - although the pub would have struggled to hold 1/3 of us).
At another job (in a multi-tenant office building), we knew in advance when drills were going to be, and the guy from the fire brigade would put printed notices up (picture of flames) to indicate the presence of an imaginary fire the other side of some doors - anyone going out via the fire got a right bollocking. I was really tempted to walk out via that route holding a fire extinguisher - and declare that it was only a tiny fire and I'd put it out.