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The UK is often battered by hurricane-force winds. Thousands of homes are left without power and hundreds of commuters are left stranded by the disruptions to public transport.

And with snow falling on higher parts of the UK, the commute into work is becoming unrealistic due to dangerous conditions.

At the end of the day, your staffs’ safety is of paramount importance, so you can’t expect them to travel into the office.

While your employees may appreciate the odd ‘duvet day’, your business certainly won’t. But adverse weather conditions shouldn’t signal a lack of productivity. Providing your staff are equipped with the technology to ensure they can complete their mandatory working tasks from their own home – business continuity can be maintained.

No joke – it’s all about the cloud

Of all the solutions now available, cloud computing is arguably the best at helping overcome adverse weather conditions. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) in particular, enables your staff to utilise all the applications and data they would normally use in the office at home, on their devices.

Storing all your apps and data within a central location on the web has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years – and rightly so. The service ultimately aids remote working, helping ensure your staff can work seamlessly from their own homes. Everything within your IT mainframe can be accessed from any remote device with an internet connection including laptops and mobiles.

This easy, cost-effective solution provides a resilient service that is designed to overcome any adverse weather conditions. The scalability of cloud is also useful as it allows you to upscale and downscale as and when you need it. So as soon as the weather picks up and people can make it back into the office, you can downscale the cloud, meaning you only pay for what you use.

And the rest…

Other remote working solutions worth noting include all-inclusive business mobile tariffs and VoIP solutions, both useful in reducing call costs. But Cloud computing is by far the most effective.

So long as your worker has a home broadband connection and remote working facilities, business can continue as normal. This will help you avoid the disastrous scenario of losing revenue, which could be catastrophic given the current economic climate.

Ensure your business is prepared for adverse weather by implementing the correct communications infrastructure. Not only will it help ensure that your staff are productive, wherever they may be, but it will also keep them safe.

Besides, some would even argue that staff are more productive from home?

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