Events in Beirut this month have served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared to support an international workforce quickly, calmly and efficiently, should disaster strike. During a time of chaos, employees can look to their organisation for support, and being prepared for such events can make a significant difference to how they experience a catastrophe. There are key areas that businesses need to consider to ensure they are well positioned to support international staff in the event of a disaster:

Organisations should be poised to respond, should a catastrophe occur in areas where they have an international business presence. Being unprepared and scrabbling for solutions isn’t ideal in what is already likely to be a highly stressful and emotional time. Speaking with international specialists in advance about specific things to consider when operating overseas, can help businesses to prepare for various scenarios and react more effectively during a crisis. And with the Covid-19 global pandemic adding an additional layer of complexity to everyday life too, navigating a catastrophe is even more challenging currently. Preparing for eventualities in advance gives businesses the upper hand to respond more effectively during a disaster – which is integral to supporting colleagues who will be looking to their employer for support.