Winter is on its way. The clocks have gone back, evenings are darker and the temperature has dropped. And what you can always predict for our UK weather is that it will be unpredictable.
Having moved to the South West last year, I am all too aware of the devastation inclement weather can cause. Cornwall, Devon and Somerset have all been in the news in recent years with flooding causing the most upheaval to seaside and low-lying locations.
Aside from the crisis it causes families who lose their homes, many businesses are forced to close too. Flooding is an extreme example, although it seems to happen rather too frequently to be extreme; while snow also wreaks its own havoc.
In our latest guide – Prepare and beware: Weather seasonal business threats – Met Office statistics reveal the UK experiences an average of 33 snow days a year. Trains and flights are cancelled, road travel is difficult, schools are closed so parents have to stay at home; in short, the UK is not prepared to cope with extremes of weather.
But that does not mean your business cannot be prepared.
Our guide explains how you and your staff can continue to work from home or an alternative location as if your business is still open as usual. By using the array of unified communications tools now available on modern cloud-hosted telephone systems or by using disaster recovery options afforded by SIP trunking services, you can continue to be productive no matter the weather.
These tools can also be used if you want to offer your staff the flexibility to work from home to help retain and attract good people. That means our guide is worth a read even if you are not worried about losing work days to bad weather.
The fact is cloud – yes, more weather-related terminology – phone systems can help businesses stay afloat during flooding and can prevent productivity from freezing to a standstill on snow days.
Download our guide here to find out how you can prepare your business from seasonal threats.