US HR staff fear huge impact of terrorist attackOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Over a third of US-based HR professionals believe that business travel willbe reduced in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks. In a poll of 5,673 HR staff, conducted by the Society for Human ResourceManagement and the technology and research company eePulse, 35 per cent alsothink workers will be more wary of working in high-rise buildings. Over half feel that staff would no longer consider travel as glamorous and asimilar proportion say that organisations would put higher security in place. Sixty per cent of respondents believe their companies were either notprepared at all to deal with the consequences of the attacks or were onlyprepared to a small extent. Nearly half say their company did not have adisaster plan in place. SHRM president Helen Drinan said, “Since most companies feel they werenot prepared to deal with the aftermath of the attacks, one of the mostimportant changes that can come is that employers and employees work togetherto set in place a crisis management plan. “As rare as such attacks are, companies should be prepared torespond.” Dr Theresa Welbourne, CEO of eePulse, said, “Although many respondents reportedthat employees felt helpless, reaching out to the workforce through meetingsand direct actions, from donating money, organising blood drives and garagesales, helped many employees cope.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.