Recent reports from the likes of Gartner and the CMI both point to the increasing focus on business continuity strategies – something hardly surprising when you consider the cumulative effects of business disruptions of late. Last year alone, insurance firm RSA estimated that the snow-driven disruption in 2010 cost the UK economy £1.2bn a day.
With the Royal Wedding this year and the Olympics in 2012, not to mention the inevitable striking in key areas like transport, there are more and more instances where the daily lives of working people can be affected during the working year. While the nature of the incidents themselves cannot always be predicted, the fact that these incidents will take place – on an increasingly regular basis – can be.
Amidst the disruptions, businesses have to know that the vast majority of their staff can be productive even if they can’t make it into the office. Yet, worryingly, our recent analysis of business disruptions found a significant rise in communication failures in 2010, such as disruptions relating to telephone or network outages, compared with previous years.
There’s no excuse for not having a productivity protection strategy – flexibility needs to be more integrated into continuity plans.
The emergence of internet and mobile technologies does, however, mean that such precautions are far less daunting than they used to be. The technology is now available and affordable to enable far more of your employees to carry on working as normal. Technologies such as Recover Anywhere, for example, offer businesses agility without compromising on security, enabling them to recover more people and more departments; faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.
Think of it like this: if unplanned events do disrupt your business, who do you want to have a higher percentage of the workforce active, winning business and serving customers – yourself or the competition? Can you really afford to have over half your workforce out of action for days at a time?