How many company events are being cancelled due to coronavirus?

Survey of HR professionals looks at the extent of event cancellations and travel restrictions imposed.

Nearly a quarter (22.6%) of UK companies are cancelling all major external events such as  conferences, according to a new survey conducted by the CIPD and People Management magazine.

A further 34.1% are ‘discouraging staff from attending external meetings where not strictly necessary’. And 12.7% said they are cancelling all large internal events such as town halls. 

However, just under 60% said they were encouraging staff to continue with business as normal (respondents could select more than one option).

The poll also asked ‘which of the following best describes the restrictions your organisation has placed on business travel?’

The top choice there was ‘We are only restricting travel to destinations on the FCO prohibited travel list’, chosen by 31.6% of respondents. 

The level of response to employee travel restrictions is varied though, with 26.5% saying they haven’t restricted business travel and 12% saying they have restricted all business travel.

These results come as the UK travel and hospitality industries have issued a plea to the government for financial assistance in mitigating the downturn in business caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. 

The CIPD and People Management survey received responses from 637 HR  and senior business professionals across all sectors. 

The CIPD has produced a guide to coronavirus information for employers at cipd.co.uk/coronavirus.

 

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