As we finally transition into Spring and Summer, we can look back on our wild winter and reflect on how the weather affected business operations. It is important to have a solid plan addressing the effects of adverse weather on your workplace.
When formulating an inclement weather policy, keep in mind that you’re dealing with an issue that people tend to feel strongly about. Workforce safety should be your top priority.
Don’t Be Ambiguous
You can’t tell for certain what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, but you can anticipate and prepare for different scenarios. Let your employees know what they’re required to do in each situation. Make it clear who’s in charge of announcing office closures. Remember to pick someone responsible for this crucial task.
Some companies set up phone trees to notify employees whether they should come to work. Others rely on mass e-mails or social media to get word out. Whatever method you choose, make sure it’s reliable enough that your team (or clients) won’t second-guess the information.
According to Inc.com, a curt online post should not be the first, only, or last message you should send out in these situations. A voice mail message on your company’s main phone line or an update on your website is a good way of letting everyone know that your office space in DC will be closed for the day.
It’s not necessary to shut down your business completely in some cases. Working from home or remotely has become much easier these days, thanks to cloud technology and online tools that are prevalent in all Metro Office locations. It’s a win-win for everyone involved: your team stays safe while getting work done.
For Metro Offices, it’s always business as usual even during challenging weather. You can rely on our offices to stay open when you need them to. Our unified communications solutions will keep you in touch with your clients and colleagues round the clock.
Turn to us for virtual, private, and shared office space DC businesses trust even in the worst of weathers. Contact us at (703) 871-5208 for more information on our services.