Beware and prepare: weather the seasonal business threats

Beware and prepare: weather the seasonal business threats

How unified communications providers can ensure that your company’s telephony and IT systems survive storms and other seasonal disasters.

Failure to prepare is to prepare to fail

During adverse weather, maintaining normal channels of communication between staff and with customers is absolutely essential for productivity and client relations, which can suffer greatly from downtime or disruption.

While your offices are being battered by storms and blizzards, customers elsewhere could be enjoying normal working conditions – and so could your competitors.

One week of particularly bad weather is estimated to cost the UK businesses over £318 million (and 51 million working hours) in lost productivity, because business continuity plans hadn’t been put in place. The fear of losing IT or telecommunications is the biggest concern among companies when it comes to potential threats and disruptions.

Remote Control

It is critical to have a robust phone system in place, courtesy of a cloud based unified communications provider, allowing your business to maintain full productivity in the event of any unforeseen disruptions. A solution is now available, in the form of remote or flexible working via cloud-based telephony. Rather than relying on fixed phone lines, which can become damaged or disconnected by storms, a hosted phone system moves fixed and mobile telephony to the cloud.

With pioneering hosted phone systems eliminating the need for comms rooms, managed networks can keep your company operating at full efficiency, while less well-prepared competitors flounder in floodwater.

As the next generation of communications management, SIP can fully future-proof your company’s telephony. The advantages of these hosted phone system packages are numerous:

It’s cloud based, and therefore unaffected by weather conditions (no pun intended).

Employees can access their phone services from anywhere, on any device.

Complete flexibility and scalability.

The simplicity of communications and software systems allows even technology-averse employees to easily navigate its dedicated web portal.

Hosted phone systems are here long-term and can be cheaper and more reliable than legacy PBX systems.

No place like home

Letting staff work from home brings many advantages, but it’s always better to plan for this eventuality in advance, as this video explains. With the right infrastructure, your staff can be just as productive as they would be in the office and, more importantly, customers won’t even notice the difference:

  • Clients won’t know that an employee is based at home, because their work phone number will appear the same, whether they’re calling from Hertfordshire or the Highlands of Scotland.
  • Home-working frees up time for more productive activities that would otherwise have been spent commuting.
  • Administrators can configure and manage the system in real-time from wherever they happen to be working (or stranded), in response to changing demands.

4Sight Communications delivers flexible and responsive personal service around the clock, helping employees to familiarise themselves with the web portal interface of a hosted phone system. To find out more about our solutions call us on 020 3668 0444 or email

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