The continuing snow is testing both businesses and employees alike in their efforts to get to the office and keep services running smoothly. Those who have to travel are likely to suffer delays getting to and from work and may also have to contend with stranded colleagues, clients and suppliers.

Companies who have truly embraced a remote working policy are unlikely to be affected by the adverse weather conditions as they will have a full workforce, equipped and ready to work from home. However, businesses who have not adopted this approach may struggle to maintain productivity and performance, as employees are unable to get online or access desktops and servers.

Getting to the office may be more challenging in the winter months, but it’s worth remembering that staff absenteeism can occur at any time of year due to circumstances such as illness or transport strikes. Therefore, whilst for some remote working may be a seasonal initiative, it should in fact be considered a business necessity, essential every day of the year.