U.S. companies geared up for Election Day with a flurry of memos and emails urging employees to avoid work travel and be on guard against civil unrest and potential disruptions.
Top executives at consulting firms, airlines, health care companies and others have sent notes to employees in recent days, some with strikingly different messages than in previous elections, according to The Wall Street Journal. Some employers, like Seattle construction and engineering company McKinstry Co. LLC, banned work travel and urged employees to stay home this week, while others shared corporate security hotlines for employees to call if they feel unsafe. The efforts reflect anxiety across the corporate sphere, where many executives worry how their operations might be affected should widespread protests or election-related violence occur.
In a Monday email to employees, S&P Global Inc.’s chief security officer noted that the election outcome could be unknown for some time, and warned of a possible increase in protest activity or violence. The note asked staffers to avoid traveling to Washington, D.C., if possible.
These recommendations come as some companies are boarding up storefronts to prepare for possible demonstrations or violent unrest. United Airlines Holdings Inc. has moved its operations center from its downtown Chicago headquarters to a backup location, in anticipation of potential protest activity preventing employees from traveling into the city, the airline said. Read the full story.