So far, (and I am touching wood as I type), Winter 2018/19 has been kind to us. There has been very little disruptive weather. That said, of the three winter months, it is the month of February when snow is most likely to fall. This is when disruption to your business operations is also most likely. That’s why we are writing this blog now, for any business that wants to prepare themselves.

You might already have plans in place for transporting goods and supplies. You’ve made sure the computers get backed up regularly, the heating has been serviced.There’s an ample supply of grit and salt for the car park.

Did you think to talk to your staff about what happens if they can’t get to work?  What is the communication plan on days when you wake up to a thick blanket of snow?  What arrangements have you made for them to be able to work remotely and have you been clear with them about whether you would expect them to do so, or to take unpaid leave or use holiday if they can’t get in to work.

Is the answer different depending on whether you close the business due to the bad weather, compared to if you manage to open the business but they can’t get in to work? What is your plan if the disruption lasts more than a day or two?

We’d suggest drawing up a policy, relevant to your business, to cover all of these considerations before the weather gets too bad. If you already have a plan from previous years, check that it still meets your requirements.

We’re happy to discuss this topic, without any obligation. Simply call us on 0845 463 9 365 or email sam@vivohr.co.uk

 

 

 

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