By Daniel Hunter
Adverse weather conditions are still costing businesses £350m a year, according to new research.
One in eight businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place in the event of adverse weather, recent research has discovered.
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The research commissioned by telecoms provider, Daisy Group plc, found that despite the growth of mobile business technology, like cloud computing, adverse weather conditions are still costing the UK economy £350m a day in lost productivity.
The study found that a third (31%) of UK businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the last two years. Of those, 40 per cent did not have a business continuity plan in place, leaving their staff unable to work from home or from another location.
The research suggests more than three million workers have been unable to work for at least one day during the last two years due to their employer not having a disaster recovery plan. Taking the UK’s average wage of £13 per hour, and the UK's workforce of 30 million, it is estimated that the cost to the economy of a day of lost productivity during adverse weather is well over £350m.
Tim Meredith, Director of UC and Mobility at Daisy, said: “Too many businesses think that they are impervious to floods or adverse weather conditions, but as our research found, it affects nearly a third of companies operating in the UK.
“Staff safety is understandably a business’ number one concern, as workers cannot be expected to put themselves at risk in hazardous travelling or working conditions, so having a back-up plan makes good business sense.
“Although not every organisation is tech-savvy, most IT departments’ servers today are virtualised, meaning disaster recovery plans are quite easy and cost-effective to create. The cloud, for example, can be used to enable staff to work from almost any location with an internet connection.”
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