Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Weather

The closure of businesses and offices and the cancellation and postponement of sporting and other events due to winter weather can lead to lost revenue and an overall decrease in productivity. Even if businesses remain open, they may lose revenue if customers are unable to travel due to poor road conditions or employees cannot get to the office. While a loss of power and heat automatically prevents most businesses and offices from operating, the most cited reason for closure of businesses and cancellation of events was poor driving conditions. Get some help in planning for and getting through winter weather disruptions.

Here’s a winter checklist you can use to help you minimize damage from winter hazards. (Item #1) Make sure you have your business continuity plan updated to cover winter hazards. (Item #2) Sick workers can affect your productivity and your profitability; take some steps to help keep your employees well. (Item #3)

Last month, Michigan’s governor declared Winter Hazards Awareness Week; you, too, can benefit from Michigan’s foresight. (Item #4) Ice and rain can cause winter accidents; make your workplace safer with the tips in this article. (Item #5) If you’re preparing a talk for employees on winter safety, this item might be helpful. (Item #6)

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Contingency Planning for Meetings and Events

When you’re planning your annual conference or other important meetings, make sure you don’t forget to plan on how you will deal with disruptions that might impact your event. The articles below may be helpful to you in creating your meeting continuity plans.

When planning your event, don’t forget your emergency action plan. (Item #1) Do you have a plan to deal with strikes? (Item #2) Regardless of the reason or the season, planners must be prepared and have a clear plan, which starts with your hotel contract negotiations. (Item #3)

See how the Learning Disabilities Association overcame a floor collapse and snowstorm to avoid canceling its annual meeting. (Item #4) The safety and security of attendees is your responsibility. Here’s how you can reduce risk. (Item #5) This risk assessment checklist can help you figure out where your risks may be. (Item #6)

As always, we look forward to hearing about your concerns with regard to business continuity. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered, please email me.

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