Work can be hectic in and of itself, but even more so under harsh or dangerous weather conditions. The specific type of weather that you encounter will vary depending on your location, but there are a few bits of advice on weather awareness for a business that are universal:
Find a Reliable Source: Not all weather reporting is equally accurate or informative. Therefore, it is prudent to seek out a professional weather station like Earth Networks, for instance, in order to get the most accurate information available. An ideal station will use the latest in weather technology and will have a strong track record for accurate reporting.
Implement Flexibility: If there is a day where your employees absolutely cannot get to work- what would need to be done? Putting work on hold can be difficult, which is why it is a great idea to have alternative deadlines for seasons when the weather can present a problem. For instance, if hurricane season is an issue in your area, consider implementing flexible deadlines and allowing employees to telecommute to work or to conferences. Your plans can also be foiled by weather elsewhere if you need to get in touch with an important client.
Have a Plan: If you are caught off guard by the weather or if something is “too important to cancel” you should have a contingency plan that includes food and shelter for all of the individuals involved. It is also a good idea to bring up said plan on a regular basis to ensure that employees know what to do if there is a weather crisis.You cannot stop Mother Nature, but you can certainly take steps to help yourself, your business and your colleagues by being mindful and prepared.