We’ve talked about this here before, but with this week’s massive snow forecast for our area, the subject is top of mind yet again for everyone – how do you balance work and safety when severe weather hits?
It used to be simple – safety first, all the time! After all, most of your clients and partners were local, so if you were unable to get to the office or go out canvassing, the same is probably true for everyone you worked with. But today we work in a global economy – while you may be shivering under multiple feet of snow, your clients may be dashing through a sun shower or even enjoying a hot, sunny day. Taking the day off for weather can now have a serious, detremintal impact on your business.
But when there’s three feet of snow on the ground and the governor calls a state of emergency, you don’t really have much of a choice but to stay put and hope you remembered to close your office window. That’s where cloud computing comes in. You don’t need to drive to the office if you can access the office through your computer – Netsuite gives you access to your finances, Zoho to your customer records, Box lets you access all your documents, and Shoretel Sky even lets you access your phone calls, all from the safety of your home. And if the unthinkable should happen and you lose power, the mobile version of Google Apps will at least allow you to alert your colleagues to your situation and explain why they shouldn’t expect an immediate response.
It’s 2015 – we have these resources at our fingertips. Why not use them for the dual purpose of staying safe & keeping on top of your business?