Winter Proof Your Communications
According to forecasters, this winter is expected be one of the coldest in decades, yet only 63% of UK businesses have a business continuity plan to implement in the event of adverse weather.
Recent research found that despite the growth of mobile business technology, like cloud computing, adverse weather conditions prevent an estimated three million workers from completing their normal work responsibilities.
After the 2014 winter storms, thousands of homes and businesses were left without a working phone. In some areas service was down for weeks, leaving local firms substantially out of pocket.
Bad weather is increasingly causing problems for British businesses, according to figures from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In its survey from March 2013, almost half reported that it had caused problems of some sort last year, compared with just 15% a decade ago, with incidents costing an average of £52,000. This is certain to rise when statistics from the 2014 storms and floods have been compiled.
The study found that a third (31%) of UK businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the last two years. Of those, 40 per cent did not have a business continuity plan in place, leaving their staff unable to work from home or from another location.
If you haven’t already taken steps to winter-proof your business communications, now is a good time to be speaking to one of our experts about how you can enable staff to work from home or an alternative location, without costly interruption to business, namely:
- Replace ISDN lines with flexible SIP trunks
- Divert office bound calls to alternative numbers
- Twin staff mobiles with their desk phones
- Enable key workers to make and take calls from home
- Consider conferencing rather than commuting
Don’t get caught out this winter if trains are cancelled or road blocked with snow and ensure your organisation can operate business as usual with winter proof communications from Opus Telecoms.
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