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Businesses 'need a poor weather strategy'

The UK's weather appears to be getting even more unpredictable and this is causing havoc in the business world.

Everybody was shocked when large parts of the country were covered in snow yet again last week and the freezing conditions are still hampering companies up and down the land.

According to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), firms need to be ready for anything that may disrupt their enterprise and those that are prepared will stand a far better chance of getting through difficult periods relatively unfazed.

"Firms are being urged to draw up a strategy for poor weather conditions, including writing a policy of what will happen in the event of snow or other severe events like flooding," a statement by the organisation noted.

There are a number of things businesses can do to ready themselves for heavy rain or snow. First and foremost, it is important to take out relevant insurance policies, which will cover your losses in the event of severe weather.

Business disruption insurance is crucial, as it can help enterprises that are forced to hire a temporary building while the flood damage in their own base is repaired.

In addition to this, IOSH advises companies to make provisions for employees who might not be able to reach the office because of public transport delays and road closures.

"Allowing staff to work from home in bad weather could help businesses to remain productive in the event of snow," the group added.

Flexible working has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years and it is particularly effective when the weather is bad.

A recent study conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management showed that 94 per cent of organisations offer remote working in some form and 50 per cent of managers think it is now standard practice within their enterprise.

The UK is quickly becoming a digital society and employees are finding that working patterns are changing, with the nine to five working day almost obsolete.ADNFCR-3408-ID-801561707-ADNFCR

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