UK takes risk with disaster policiesOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Most UK companies could not cope with a disaster, with policies to deal withthe loss of people and skills low on the list of corporate considerations. Research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows that complacencyremains a major issue despite wake-up calls from incidents such as terrorismand internet viruses. The Business Continuity Management report shows that three-quarters ofcompanies have no plans to cover loss of skills and two-thirds are not preparedfor the loss of people. The research found that only four kinds of disruption – loss of IT,telecommunications or site, and fire – are generally covered by the majority ofplans. Christine Hayhurst, director of professional affairs at the CMI, said manyorganisations were taking a big risk with their staff and their reputations. “At best, failure to provide contingency plans for loss of people orindividuals with specific skills can lead to unnecessary pressures in theworkplace,” she said. “At worst, it could close businesses and ruinreputations.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.