This week, nearly all transportation services were crippled by icy conditions throughout Northern Europe. Citizens from Poland to Britain struggled with delayed airports, stymied train services and miles upon miles of road snarled by the unexpected grip of arctic weather.
The threat of heavy snow continues to linger over rail, road and air passengers in England as the relentless weather carries on, with motoring and passenger organizations blaming the Highways Agency and local councils for a failed response to the bad weather. Workers have been stranded on the road or at the airport; even many of Parliament’s lawmakers have found themselves stuck at home, unable to make it in for important meetings due to the poor travel conditions.
Already, many forward-looking organizations have implemented business continuity plans and have invested in alternatives to business travel. Competitive and smart companies are implementing telepresence solutions to combat the unexpected occurrences that catch many off-guard. Video enables these businesses to execute their planned meetings, reduce downtime, keep business on track, and visually connect with partners, customers and global counterparts despite disruptions.
From the April eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, to worldwide H1N1 flu scares, 2010 has been a rough year for business continuity. And who’s to say that 2011 won’t be as equally challenging if not more? Every year will bring new and unexpected obstacles to conducting business on both the global and local level. Businesses should be asking themselves if they’re prepared for the inevitable, whether it is a natural or a manmade calamity.