The workplace threat employers most fear is a cyber attack, according to a survey from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
The 2015 Workplace Threats survey found 37% of organizations said a cyber attack was their number one concern.
The fear of cyber attacks at the workplace has increased by nearly 75% compared to five years ago. Eighteen percent of organizations have been through an actual cyber attack and 18% have experienced a data breach issue.
Other workplace threats ranked as follows:
- Internal data security breach: 25%;
- Workplace violence: 19%;
- Natural disaster: 12%;
- Disease outbreak: 2%; and
- Terror or bomb threat/attack: 2%.
Many organizations have planned ahead and are financially prepared should a threat occur. Sixty-four percent of organizations are spending more financial resources on crisis prevention than they did five years ago.
Workplaces are preparing for threats by:
- Restricted access to electronic files: 63%;
- A plan to communicate with and account for all workers: 62%;
- HR/benefits records back up: 57%;
- Evacuation plan: 56%;
- Free flu shots or other immunizations: 53%; and
- Mobile device at work policy: 44%.
The Workplace Threats survey also looked at employee communication, work privacy, the disease causing the most concern, post-incident resources, and concern over threats during the past five years. Full survey results may be viewed at www.ifebp.org/workplacethreats.