The long-awaited extreme weather conditions are about to hit UK with quite some gusto. We have so far been lucky in the Thames Valley and surrounding area. Weather experts say all that it is about to change. Extremely low temperatures, ice and snow conditions may last through to February.
Keeping businesses running in these conditions can be challenging but not impossible. Planning ahead and recognising what’s really needed to maintain essential business activity is the key. Manufacturing and service professionals will normally need to physically attend the workplace and suitable arrangements needs consideration now. One idea is to stagger working patterns and allow workers to travel when it’s less congested and safer for them. You may even think about temporary accommodation for critical people.
Many of your office based staff need not travel and can work from home. The cautionary note is that your business may not have enough connectivity or bandwidth to handle many simultaneous remote computer connections. Travel to customers may have to be substituted by on-line communications and video. Be careful about allowing workers to use their own home PCs. Home equipment is normally not so well protected against cyber-attack as your office computers are. Physical safety of staff working at home and their families must also be understood. Overall, your understanding and empathy with workers having difficulty will pay dividends in the longer term. These demanding conditions are an opportunity to enhance staff loyalty, whilst keeping your products and services flowing.
It’s just good business sense…
Give me a call, or complete the form below, I’ll ask a couple of questions and offer some thoughts, we can then decide the next steps.
With kind regards – Gareth
Gareth Crompton, MBCI
Abide Consulting Limited
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