Security in an insecure world

Assistance providers help organizations ensure the health and safety of employees abroad
By Alex Elson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2007

Jetting off on an overnight flight for a meeting in Moscow or Beijing is common practice, but in the post-Sept. 11 world, there is greater cause for concern and heightened security awareness. Tsunamis, hurricanes, mudslides and strange illnesses make international assignments even riskier.

Protection has taken on an expanded meaning that continues to evolve. Companies need to develop ways to protect global workforces in the face of disaster and this protection is a critical component of a company’s business continuity planning.

Developing a plan of action is the best way to avoid panicking in the event of a crisis. The HR department needs a step-by-step guide for what needs to be done, and by whom, at each stage of a crisis. The objective is to facilitate a co-ordinated response quickly and efficiently.