As an employer, what would you do differently to minimize disruption to your business in the event of another catastrophic crisis or pandemic?
If you were fully prepared for the global pandemic with COVID-19 with the abrupt shutdown of offices, kudos to you. This means you had an effective Business Continuity plan in place and the shut down did not affect your ability to fully service your clients and support your staff. Now, to those of you who were affected by this pandemic, this is for you.
With both, the CDC and WHO predicting a second wave of the virus to come, have you thought about what you could have done differently or what can you do to minimize business disruption, should COVID-19 re-emerge? Better yet, what if your office caught fire or some other natural disaster takes place?
Many small to mid-size business heads often overlook the need for Business Continuity measures. Some believe there's no need for it or often think they cannot afford it. The questions should be "can you afford not to have it? what are the ramifications if a disaster were to take place? Will my data be lost, or is my data only accessible from inside the office? How long will it take to restore my data if it is in the cloud so that my employees can access it and get back to work? and finally, can my staff and I access this data from anywhere remotely?" These are the questions that should be comprised as part of your Business Continuity plan. The strategy should not only answer these questions, but be effective in quick implementation with reliable IT support standing by to ensure your staff can be up and running within minutes to hours, not days and weeks.
Believe it or not, effective Business Continuity is not as costly as you think. Let the team at Top Hat IT Solutions go over a plan for your business today.