We can attempt to prepare for many of the obstacles life throws at us. Of all these obstacles, one we hope to get right is finding a profession that we love. A place we enjoy going to every day, where work doesn’t seem like work, but more of a hobby. While this may take many of us years — while others seem to blindly stumble into it — preparing for our future is something we prepare for our entire lives. What we can’t prepare for is the threat of natural and manmade disasters.
From Earthquakes to tsunamis to tornadoes, people have lost their lives, homes and property at a devastating rate in recent years from natural disasters. New York, and outlying areas have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy recently, leaving millions affected by the aftermath. Major blackouts plummeted the city into darkness, leaving millions without heat and electricity, gasoline shortages have people waiting in line for hours (with rationing now in effect), and public transportation is still left staggering from the closures of flooded sections of subway.
Disasters also mean employers suffer as well, because they must deal with the impact of such events on their employees and operations. This is why it’s important for a company to have a workforce readiness plan, when it comes to disaster workforce issues. Especially when there are risks of direct impact on office infrastructure, loss of life, or government instructions.
See how more than 140 organizations reflected on the past year and their own preparedness in Mercer’s Survey on Workforce Readiness: When Disaster Strikes.