The business continuity impacts of UK winter weather examined
Research commissioned by telecoms provider, Daisy Group plc, has found that despite the growth of mobile business technologies, adverse weather conditions prevent an estimated three million UK workers from completing their normal work responsibilities each year.
The study found that a third (31 percent) of UK businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the last two years. Of those, 40 percent did not have a business continuity plan in place, leaving their staff unable to work from home or from another location.
Tim Meredith, director of UC and Mobility at Daisy, said:
“Too many businesses think that they are impervious to floods or adverse weather conditions, but as our research found, it affects nearly a third of companies operating in the UK.
“Staff safety is understandably a business’ number one concern, as workers cannot be expected to put themselves at risk in hazardous travelling or working conditions, so having a back-up plan makes good business sense.
“Although not every organization is tech-savvy, most IT departments’ servers today are virtualized, meaning disaster recovery plans are quite easy and cost-effective to create. The cloud, for example, can be used to enable staff to work from almost any location with an Internet connection.”
•Date: 9th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics