Most companies have business continuity plans in place to handle infrastructure failure in the event of an emergency, but many of these plans do not cover the impact of a displaced workforce. As the multiple natural disasters in 2011 showed, without a workforce plan, companies scrambled to accommodate displaced and distraught employees.
Mercer's 2012 Survey Report of Workforce Readiness: When Disaster Strikes looks at organisational disaster plans to determine best workforce readiness practices when a natural disaster occurs and how they were
implemented during the major natural events of 2011.
Based on the survey conducted, this report analyses the status of disaster plans and the existing policies that address such incidents, how companies gather and disseminate information to affected employees, the provisions
allocated to employees, relocation, special handling of expatriates and lessons learned.
This report analyses the major events of 2011 to:
- Determine workforce readiness
- Highlight best practices
- Provide guidance for future workplace readiness planning
This report provides insights to what employers learned from the past year – and how they plan to move forward to face future crises affecting their operations and employees.