Disasters can strike at any point in time, putting both corporate data and employees in harm's way if businesses are not prepared to respond to such incidents. The old adage reigns true regarding these events - money spent on protection is money earned later down the road.
A recent Staples survey found that only 50 percent of staff members believe their workplaces are ready for a major emergency. Nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated that previous natural events have not encouraged their companies to update their current safety protocols.
Mother Nature can wreak havoc on corporate productivity, costing firms plenty for just a day or two of office closures. Staples found that nearly half of businesses closed in the past six months due to inclement weather, resulting in nearly $50 billion in economic losses.
The study discovered that less than half of personnel surveyed said their companies have the necessary equipment in place to respond to snow and ice storms and major weather events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. This lack of preparedness is especially disconcerting given that the Institute for Business and Home Safety estimated 25 percent of organizations never reopen following a natural disaster.
"Safety is a top priority for employers, but there is still more planning and training that can be done to improve safety in the workplace," said Bob Risk, national safety, health and wellness manager at Staples.
Businesses undoubtedly want to make sure their data and IT infrastructures are protected from major disasters, but they must also double-check whether their employees are safe from harm as well. Simply telling personnel what to do in the event of an emergency is not enough - there must be resources available to keep everyone sheltered from the storm if the lights go out or people cannot leave the building for safety reasons.
Why it pays off to invest in disaster preparedness
Firms that have never experience a major disaster should not bank on this string of luck continuing for the long run. A storm on the scale of Hurricane Sandy may rear its ugly head when a business can least afford to be offline for days or weeks. Companies interested in taking their disaster preparedness to the next level should seek support from outside sources if necessary.
Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, is an expert in the disaster recovery field. The managed IT services provider helps clients improve their recovery strategies to keep content accessible following disruptions.
When other businesses are forced to close their doors following a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire or earthquake, a firm ready to respond to the situation will continue to deliver products and services to the masses - this is what truly separates brands from the competition by delivering consistent offerings around the clock.
If your organization has felt the wrath of Mother Nature in the past or is ready to make sure an office closure is avoided in the near future, Pinnacle is here to help. To learn more about Pinnacle's business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, contact us today!