Workplace recovery can provide peace of mind for businesses of all sizes. Knowing you have alternative premises that you can move into quickly and easily if your usual place of work suffers a disruption, means you can relax safe in the knowledge that if or when the worst happens, it’s business as usual.
When you decide to protect your business with a workplace recovery plan, there is lots to consider, and you need to make sure you get it right. The transition into emergency temporary premises needs to be seamless. The last thing you want is more disruption to slow down productivity and interrupt business proceedings.
When you’re choosing your workplace recovery service, think about the following factors.
Your workplace recovery site needs to be within commuting distance for the staff who would need to relocate. Think about transport links, parking and local amenities such as shops and hotels.
If you’ll need access to meeting or training rooms, make sure your workplace recovery partner offers these. Check what else is available - kitchens, bathrooms and other facilities.
Some workplace recovery providers will offer hardware such as PCs, printers and phones. Others won’t. If you need to take your own, check that storage will be secure. Will the connectivity meet your needs?
On the subject of security, if you have regulatory or compliance requirements, make sure your workplace recovery facility meets these.
Choosing a backup office location isn’t as simple as it seems, particularly when you have standards of IT, security and connectivity to uphold. Make sure you visit all prospective providers to check out the location for yourself, ask for customer references and crucially, make sure you fully understand the invocation process. If there’s a disruption at your business premises, you need to be up and running again as quickly as possible. And remember, disruptions can be as simple as lost keys, bad weather or a power outage.
For more guidance on what you should be looking for in a workplace recovery service provider, download our free workplace recovery checklist here.