Many organisations slow down a little over the Christmas period (hopefully not the retail industry) but an unexpected disaster can strike at any time. So, what steps can you take to protect your business during the festive season? Well, here are some top tips for good Christmas continuity planning.
1. Make Sure You Plan Ahead.
Every festive period brings similar problems both in terms of IT and personnel issues. One major risk that can affect any business is power failure, the effects of which can be felt long after electricity supply has been restored, so be sure to plan around such eventualities. With careful planning, every organisation can have the correct plans in place to operate under all circumstances.
2. Don’t Forget the Weather.
Chances are that the weather will deteriorate at this time of year, which can bring an increased chance of business disruption. For example, phone lines could go down, pipes could freeze and burst (which could lead to flooding and water damage) and transport could be disrupted. Have back-up plans in place for such events.
3. Think About Your Staff
Remember the heartbeat of every organisation is its staff. While everyone will understandably want to be left in peace during the holidays, you should still make sure you have contact numbers for all key staff to hand in case of an emergency.
4. Think Green This Christmas
Turn off all lights, power systems or even servers that do not need to be up and running during the festive season and you will save money as well as doing your bit for the environment.
If you’re planning on closing the office at any time over the Christmas break, make sure your customers are aware of this. It’s also a good idea to provide suppliers and customer contacts with details of how to reach staff in case of emergency.
Wishing you a happy Christmas. See you in the New Year.