More Corporate Crises –
Media & Public Scrutiny –
Crisis planning and preparation are essential in a business environment where more and more companies are facing negative news and issues! A McKinsey study
reveals that between 2010 and 2017, news media headlines with the word "crisis" and the names of Forbes top 100 companies showed an 80% increase from the previous decade! Another recent poll
shows that 48% of the professional communicators admit their organizations do not have sound and tested crisis communication game plans in place!
Inadequate or zero crisis planning is like choosing to forego a community fire department; once something is on fire you are in big trouble! The odds are that your organization will face a crisis at some point; it is just a question of how big and devastating your crisis will be. Perhaps you will be lucky and the media and public attention will be short in duration. But, media attention and public scrutiny are just the icing on a crisis cake; the body of the cake is made up of much more.
Crisis Fallout –
Other crisis issues will linger - some for months and some for years: lower employee morale, employee retention issues, talent recruitment issues, regulatory investigations, legal fees, reputation management campaigns, corporate investigations, internal audits, root cause analysis investigations, lost employee time, consulting fees and much more. A majority of financial analysts say a corporate crisis has the greatest negative impact
on an organization’s value; thus, a timely and prepared response is paramount.
Crisis Consultants – Our experts
have on average 25 years in crisis planning, crisis response, crisis communications, law, media and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and more. We are also Certified Master Practitioners in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), the study of human behavior and language; our NLP expertise means we have focused on the role of emotions in behavior. Understanding stakeholder emotions is essential to an effective crisis response and rebuilding stakeholder trust.
Crisis Expertise –
Our team has also successfully completed certified FEMA training for Public Information Officers and clients have benefited from Benchmark’s crisis management strategies for more than 25 years. We have assisted clients with a range of crises: activist protests, media investigations, competitor meddling, environmental disasters, mass murder, hurricanes, class action lawsuits, fraud, E. coli outbreaks, industrial accidents, food contamination and more.
Crisis Planning –
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Winning Crisis Leadership Strategies
We can help guide your crisis team with parts of your crisis planning initiatives, or we can offer you turnkey crisis preparation services. We can help you with a wide range of crisis planning initiatives: analyze your crisis plan and assess its effectiveness; if you have no crisis plan, we can conduct a vulnerability audit across your organization and help you create a custom crisis plan; identify high-risk scenarios that could impact your organization; help you form a professional crisis team; train your crisis team; develop crisis guidelines for your employees and contractors; provide crisis media training and help you identify your best media spokespersons; provide crisis media coaching for executives; train your frontline in crisis communication skills; help you identify key stakeholders; create a stakeholder crisis outreach program; test your response crisis capabilities with crisis drills and more.
Emotions & Crisis Response: How Emotions Can Sink Brands