Winters can be very long and pack quite a punch when it comes to snow, storms and even illnesses. When you are trying to run a business, it is challenging even when things are going well. Add a flu running rampant through the office, or a snow storm that knocks out your power.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of these things, however. In fact, if these things do happen they don’t even have too much of a big deal at all. That is, if you’re prepared.
Before the dead of winter gets here, you should make sure that your business is ready to take on whatever Mother Nature can throw at you so you don’t end up losing much business or paying too much money to fix what got broken.
In this article, I will give you some basic ideas on what you can do to make sure you’re ready to take on whatever winter can throw at you.
1 – Stock up
The first thing to do is make sure that you have plenty of stock of things you need to do business. If you are doing just in time shipping usually, then you should think about doing a bulk order before the storm season begins. In a snow storm just in time shipping could cause delays and cause you to miss order deadlines.
Also, make sure that you have plenty of fuel to get you through, as well. Make sure you have plenty of heating oil for commercial purposes in your tank if that is the fuel you use to keep the heat on in your office, warehouse or factory floor.
During a big storm, if you are running low then you risk running out of oil and having to close while you wait for a delivery.
2 – Keep staff healthy
Flu season looks like it will be a doozy this year so prevention is the best medicine. Keeping your staff healthy should be your priority so that you don’t miss too many man hours this winter.
Loss of work means that you can get quite behind. Even if only one or two employees are out sick it can create a domino effect that affects how work gets done. If it is allowed to spread through the office or warehouse then your business is in trouble.
Make sure to teach your employees about how to keep themselves from getting sick. And, it’s up to you to provide a healthy place to work so keep it clean and sanitized. Also, don’t overwork your employees as getting enough rest is required to keep from getting sick.
3 – Have a backup plan
No matter how much you prepare, you still will have something go wrong during the winter and will have to deal with it. Make sure to have a backup plan for if you lose power or a storm keeps everybody from making it to work. Have a way for your office employees to work from home if a storm hits.
If your staff has to come in for the work to get done, then make sure to have a generator or some other way to get power during an outage.
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