The chances are, wherever you are in the country you have been affected by snow over the past week. Many people cannot get their cars off their drive, let alone get into work! Schools and offices throughout the country are shut, meetings have been cancelled and parents have had to take time off work to provide childcare when schools are shut.
As a result, businesses may experience a loss in productivity which will ultimately have an effect on the bottom line. Whilst this is understandable, it doesn’t need to be this way.
Also, some businesses have to carry on as normal; they might provide a critical service where the health and safety of others depends on them.
So what contingencies can you build into your business to help you become ‘weatherproof’? Using the cloud is a good starting point; online systems which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection mean that you don’t have to be physically in the office to run your business as normal. Web based staff management systems are especially helpful in situations where your field staff might be snowed in and can’t get to where they need to be.
Mike Kiernan is CEO of Crossroads Care Medway which provides home care services to clients throughout the year. Mike’s clients depend on his staff being able to visit them, whatever the weather. So, they use Webroster.net to ensure they can operate from home, other offices or wherever they might be. When his staff were snowed in Mike said:
“With the invaluable assistance of Webroster we contacted all our staff and clients to make sure that the more vulnerable had help by redirecting staff that lived more locally and keeping in touch with others. The beauty of Webroster is its web based ability to be able to access the full client and staff data providing you have an internet connection.”
If you are thinking about weatherproofing your business and would like to talk to Webroster about online workforce management, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.