What’s on your list?
Think back to the weekend and the list of chores you accomplished. If you’re living anywhere in Canada or the northern United States, these chores likely include things like: putting away lawn furniture, making space in the garage for the car, cleaning out the gutters, closing the pool, raking leaves, and double-checking that the furnace works. Are you prepared? Because winter IS coming! Unfortunately, your list doesn’t end there: prepare your business too!
So you’ve prepared your home. You’ve finished the list of seasonal chores and you’re ready for winter weather. Whatever this means for where you live: snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain or a mixture of all three – you’re ready. This is excellent! Pat yourself on the back and make your favorite fall beverage.
Time to review!
Now, pull up your Business Continuity Plan (yes, we’re being optimistic and assuming you have one…). When was your plan last updated? Check the date – chances are it was updated to reflect the lessons learned from the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. But remember that list of chores you did to make sure your home and family are ready for the bad weather? Well what about your business? Aren’t you equally concerned that your business is prepared and ready for what the rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain bring with them? Things will be more complex this year as we face dealing with weather-related challenges on top of Covid-19 adjustments.
Is your contact list up-to-date? If you have employees that must work onsite, do you have a hot site or meeting point that will work in the cold weather? Have you already adjusted occupancy to accommodate social distancing and published that information to the relevant teams? What does your plan say about power outages if your employees are all working from home? Do you have a Plan B? Can your company keep running in these circumstances?
Don’t be complacent.
Okay, so you get the idea. Not only is it important to be prepared at home for the winter months, but it is equally important to ensure that your business is prepared. Take some time now and just get the plan updated. In fact: update the plan, email your staff and ask for their input, and then have a quick Zoom call with everyone to go over the changes. See – wasn’t that easy? Now you have the peace of mind knowing that your business is ready for the wet and snowy days to come.
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