It’s getting cold again now. I know that because my heating bill has gone through the roof and my car needs about half an hour each morning before I can see through the windscreen. It’s also dark all the time. I leave my house when it’s dark and I get home when it’s dark. I don’t suffer from SAD though… People tell me I’m grumpy all year round… Which is nice.
But with all this cold and dark weather we are now presented with the risk of snow. Something that was fun when I was a kid, but now I’m a grown up (ish).. Well to be honest it’s still fun. But I’m also speaking as someone who was lucky enough to be out of the country during last years snow based fun and games!
We all know the problems last years snow fall brought with it and how much chaos it caused businesses. The question you should be asking yourselves now is, what do I do if it happens again?
Is your business ready to deal with snow? I’m not talking about the roof caving in and mass skiing breaking out, but staff not being able to get to the office. Not all companies can have staff working remotely and still be able to function, but many can. If your staff use laptops then you’re already halfway there. The main sticking points can be accessing your shared data remotely and of course, diverting any phone lines. One of the things we’re doing at Linear Blue is to create a “snow kit” as it were. This is all the equipment and procedures that we would need in order to move the business out of the office and be able to function as fully as possible with all staff working from their own homes. While this might not be as good as being here, it allows us to keep working and not have any of our clients suffer.
The other side to be prepared for is the possibility of staff not easily getting out of the office. Hopefully this wouldn’t be an issue, but if your office is deep in the middle of no-where… kinda like our head office is… then you might want to just make sure that you have some emergency supplies stashed away somewhere. Just in case.
Oh – and some gloves for the inevitable snowball fight. They’re the most important. In fact, ignore everything else I’ve just said I’m off to plan a snowball fight!