Thursday, November 23, 2006

Execs not prepared for workplace disasters – Calgary Herald Tuesday, September 26, 2006.

A recent article that appeared in the Calgary Herald spoke about how Canadian bosses have a ‘false sense of security’ according to a survey done by Leger Marketing. This survey measured how prepared Canadian firms are for the unexpected. The results, released on Tuesday, 26th September 2006, suggest the “majority of Canadian business leaders are operating under a false sense of security.”

According to the article 75 percent of Canadian business executives feel personally responsible for their company’s disaster preparedness. The analysis of the results conducted for Fusepoint Management Services warns that the majority of leaders have not thought about what to do when it comes to threats posed by hackers, terrorists or even natural disasters like blackouts and ice storms.

It seems only a small proportion of the 520 senior executives who were surveyed, say their company has a disaster recovery plan. And fewer than half of those leaders have a full-blown plan in place.

With the risk of terrorist threats and natural disasters, including a potential outbreak of the avian flu ever increasing, Canadian businesses simply cannot afford to take disaster preparedness for granted.

The article also quoted findings of a separate survey of employees, done by Leger Marketing, which suggests employees fear a pandemic outbreak to be of great concern. Almost 60 percent of employees replied that they would not go into work if someone in the office came down with the avian flu.

For additional information on Pandemic preparedness from a business continuity perspective, please feel free to contact Pitsel & Associates Ltd. Calgary, Alberta, (403) 245-0550. “The time to plan is when you have time to plan.”

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