Workers Says Offices Are Not Prepared For Terrorism

August 10, 2004 ( - Nearly half of all workers (49%) say their employer has not communicated any special plans or procedures in case of an attack.

Twenty-seven percent of the more than 1,000 respondents to the poll said their employer briefed workers some time ago, but they could be doing more. Only 15% of the respondents to the ComPsych poll said their e mployer has done a thorough job and has kept everyone updated on procedures.

“What is surprising is that employees are far from complacent about the repeated terror warnings,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “We are seeing low-level signs of worry and a sense of inertia – employees feel there is little that can be done on a personal level with regard to the alerts, and there is confusion over what should be done on an organizational level.”

For 9%, their employer’s preparations or lack thereof mean little, as they responded, “I don’t believe my company will ever be affected.”