Incoming snow threatens repeat of February downtime

The forecast cold snap for the end of the week has raised fears of a repeat of February’s snow-induced chaos, and comms suppliers have again been talking up the benefits of remote working.

The forecast cold snap for the end of the week has raised fears of a repeat of February’s snow-induced chaos, and comms suppliers have again been talking up the benefits of remote working.

Recalling business losses running into the millions during February’s snowfall, which affected London and the south-east to a degree not seen since the early 1990s, Aastra UK general manager Michael Calvert said it was no longer an option for businesses to face the same kind of losses again.

“Organisations must ensure that they have the technology in place to enable remote working practices and policies in place so that they can continue with business as usual,” he said.

Unified comms advocates at Aastra have already been tracking remote workers across the UK through the use of social media apps and online mapping technology, and say that remote working is being more steadily adopted since last winter, albeit mostly in the south-east of England.

“Businesses are recognising the importance of a more flexible way of working and this must be kept up,” said Calvert.

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