4 Ways Businesses Can Weather Potential Disruptions

Baby New Year was just crawling into 2014 when Mother Nature decided to deliver the first, of what has turned out to be Street covered in Snowmultiple, snow storms of the New Year. In the course of the next several weeks it seemed like just as one storm finished another was right on its tail, ready to wreak havoc on anyone and anything in its path. Even areas of the United States that normally got limited snowfall weren’t spared. From delaying flights to school and business closings, inconveniences mounted. Some of those who weathered these multiple punches seemed to do so with ease, relying on past experiences to help them out, while others seemed to struggle with what to do next. Many small businesses learned the hard way that regardless of what they had planned Mother Nature’s decisions out trumped them.

What might seem like a slight inconvenience can turn into a massive disruption if not handled properly. Here are 4 ways business owners can prepare their businesses to soldier on in the event a storm, or any natural or man-made disaster, should have the potential of affecting their business:

Be Aware

As a business owner be aware of any potential warnings that might affect your business. If there is the slightest possibility that the business will be affected take immediate action that would best position you to help employees, customers and the overall business.

Listen to the Requests of your City/Town/Municipality

If an announcement has been put out to stay off of particular roads or avoid certain areas, heed those requests. There is no reason why you should put yourself or your employees in harm’s way.

Be Wise about Staffing

cars covered in snowIf there is a potential for a storm to strike or an adverse event affecting your business consider your staffing needs. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who do you need to do essential work to keep your business up and running?
  • Will those employees be able to come into work?
  • Do you or your employees have to drive long distances to get to your business location?
  • Can any of the work be done remotely by you or an employee working from home?

Having the answers to the above questions can allow for you to better prepare your business for the potential of working through the event with little or no interruption.

Prepare for the Worst Case Scenario

Having a well thought out plan will allow the business to continue running. Even if you pull the trigger and decide to take action, such as having employees work from home, and the event is not as bad as was first thought work will still get done

Creating a business continuity/disaster recovery plan for your business to address situations like those mentioned above will allow you to keep your business up and running. This will set your business aside from any of your competitors that are unable to assist their customers.

Need help in putting a disaster recovery plan in place for your business? Contact Back On Track Solutions today so we can provide a business continuity solution specific for your business.

Has your business been affected by any of the winter storms that have hit in the past month? Let us know in the comment section below how your business personally dealt with any interruptions that might have occurred. 

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Barbara Goldberg

Business Operations Strategist at Back On Track Solutions
With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

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