Ask five working people in Canada and chances are one will tell you they are not confident the place they go to work every day is the safest it could be.
By Jennifer Brown
That statistic is one of the findings of a poll conducted by Fusepoint
Managed Services and Gallup International Association member Leger
Marketing which polled over 1,000 Canadian employees and 500 business
executives to find out what people thought about disaster preparedness,
the perception by Canadian employees of their safety at work and how
prepared Canadian businesses are to deal with a disaster, if one were
to hit tomorrow.
The survey dealt with a variety of issues
including natural disaster, cyberterrorism and physical terrorist acts.
Eighteen per cent or nearly one in five Canadians felt a terrorist
attack is the greatest threat while 28 per cent of employees feared a
pandemic outbreak as a significant concern.
Regionally, 63 per
cent of Quebecers were more concerned about fire or burglary than a
pandemic such as SARS or the avian flu while Ontarians were more
concerned about blackouts. Business executives report 44 per cent of
all Canadian businesses have been affected by a disaster such as a
power outage, IT disaster or terrorist threat.
cent of executives say they are more likely to have a disaster hit
their workplace than did five years ago, compared to 10 per cent who
say it is less likely to happen now. However, 75 per cent of executives
feel personally responsible for their company’s disaster preparedness
and 36 per cent fear losing their job if they failed to protect their
business in a disaster.
A majority at 72 per cent admit to having no business continuity plan.
The online survey was conducted by Leger Marketing between Sept. 1 and 11.