The joys of summer… shorts, Hawaiian t-shirts, flip-flops… do they feel like a distant memory? That’s because by now all those items would have been banished to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced by woolly hats, jumpers and wellies. We have now entered that part of the year where snow, floods, gales and even leaves can make the most pleasant of journeys to work, feel like a never-ending odyssey.
But whilst reaching the office can be more than a little frustrating, customers needn’t be feeling the same pains when trying to reach you. With today’s communication tools, maintaining business as usual in the face of adversity can be achieved with the simple touch of a button.
When caught out by the changing winds, downpours, or snow, you can simply pick up calls on RingCentral mobile apps, or have calls forwarded directly to your mobile phone number.
If you would rather wait until you were safely inside the you can always forward calls to your department or a suitable colleague who can handle things until you arrive. With a few clicks, you can get your calls directed to someone else that can deal with the call. Your customers don’t even have to know that you are stuck away from your desk.
Got an early weather alert? With advance warning you can use your desktop app to receive calls without any disruption, no matter what the weather might be doing outside.
A solid communication plan can be the main difference between a productive workday or a business disaster. Using a good communication plan template helps you account for situations that are unpredictable, especially for scenarios where you have no control – like the weather.
A cloud based communication system can provide a safety net that isn’t vulnerable to a localized storm, nor is it tied to landlines that maybe effected by flooding. All you need is mobile access to ensure availability in almost any situation.
Warnings or no warnings, sometimes the weather can create an entire office shutdown. In this event, an administrator can ensure all individuals are set to receive calls on their mobile devices or on their desktop computers.
The weather isn’t always reliable but now there’s no excuse for your communications system not to be. Check out our helpful business survival guide below to see how you can keep your business up and running no matter what the weather has in store for you.
Originally published Dec 08, 2015, updated Aug 12, 2020