Enhancing Community Wide Preparedness through Employee Participation
Coupled with this issue of a fragmented approach to preparedness is the larger issue of most American employers NOT making employee resiliency a priority within their organizations. Most will openly admit that their own employees are their most valuable asset. However they devote very little, if any, time and resources to ensuring employees are willing and able to return to work following a disaster.
It is time for a more collaborative, consistent approach that involves all aspects of emergency preparedness, and is developed in a manner that reflects the public's appetite for information and the preferred means of consuming information. Employers play a significant role in promoting the concepts, communicating practices, encouraging action and assisting in the process. Much like retirement planning or healthcare, employers have a responsibility to help protect their own employees and promote resiliency in their most valued asset: their people.