Expect mass staff exodus in a disaster, says survey

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Expect mass staff exodus in a disaster, says survey

Antony Savvas

Employers are being warned that 40% of their employees won’t be turning up for work if Avian Flu hits the UK, and the majority won’t be coming if there are rumours of an imminent terrorist attack.

These are the findings of a street survey conducted amongst 200 commuters at a number of London train stations, carried out by the team behind next week’s Business Continuity Expo show in London.

The survey also found that only a quarter of those that decided to stay at home would be able to work remotely if their firm’s network was intact, mainly because of a lack of remote working facilities.

The fact that 40% would stay at home during an Avian Flu virus should not shock too many employers, as the recommendation from the government would be to contain the virus by reducing people’s movement.

But the lack of remote working facilities is something that employers should address, if their type of business could benefit from it. Some of those questioned may have worked in sectors such as retail though, which in most cases wouldn’t benefit from remote working.

The survey also found that a quarter of the people interviewed did not know who at work would inform them if a disaster had struck, and almost half of the respondents were not aware if their company had a business continuity plan in place.

Don’t rely on IT for business continuity

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