In the event of a fire, flood or other unexpected disaster, is your business prepared?
It’s not just dramatic, newsworthy events that can cause disruption; weather problems and transport issues can also prevent you from getting to work.
When something like this occurs, disruption is inevitable. But if you prepare, you can minimise the problems you face.Companies need contingency plans in place to ensure that if a crisis does hit, you can continue to operate as normal.
Studies have shown that disruptions forcing companies to close can cost thousands of pounds a day! As a small business, your data is your direct connection to your customers, your product and your bottom line. Your data is arguably your most precious resource.
Ask yourself a few key questions:
- If your business uses a traditional phone system, have you investigated whether a call divert feature is available? This allows you to reroute calls during a crisis.
- If you use a voice over IP telephone system, you will be able divert and receive calls when you or your staff are working elsewhere – But do you know how?
- How is your company data backed up?
- If you were unable to make it to your premises, could you access your data remotely?
Establishing a continuity plan means taking action now and not waiting until something terrible happens! With any luck you will never need to put your plans into practice. Microsoft put together this quiz to determine whether you need to put a risk management strategy in place.
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