Half of employers still unprepared for a crisis

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Many employers would struggle to care for their staff in the aftermath of adisaster, claims research. A survey by the Industrial Society shows that despite the events of 11September, only half of employers with crisis strategies would be able tolocate their staff should critical business data such as staff lists bedestroyed. Of those organisations with disaster plans, less than half have undertakenemergency drills. Theo Blackwell, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, said, “Thepriority of any plan should be people. This means conciliation, communicationand rigorous coordination. “The risk assessment for businesses is not how much this costs if theydivert resources into developing people-focused crisis management plans, buthow much they could lose if they do not.” Only four out of 10 organisations have a strategy for dealing with possible disasters,while 36 per cent have a strategy for a small number of potential crises. Among respondents, 65 per cent have carried out a risk analysis for thewhole business, while a fifth of employers have carried out risk assessment forpart of the business – usually IT. The utilities sector is most likely to have a disaster plan, with 60 percent being well prepared. While IT is the least likely sector to have a plan inplace with only a third having a disaster policy. www.indsoc.co.uk Half of employers still unprepared for a crisisOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

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