With heavy snow predicted to blanket UK streets tonight, many small businesses across the country will be shivering at the potential loss of productivity and revenue from staff unable to make it into the office.

Despite the heavy snow in February of this year, which brought the London transport system to its knees and left thousands of commuters stranded, it seems that most UK SMEs have not learnt their lesson. With up to 20cm of snow now forecast for the East of England and a severe weather warning issued by the Met Office, history may be about to repeat itself.

A recent poll of 225 small businesses and enterprises by the remote access provider LogMeIn, found that 53% of small businesses are unprepared for events that could prevent employees’ access to the office, compared to just 18% of enterprises.

Seth Shaw, Managing Director, LogMeIn, said: “The customers I speak with are concerned about the impact that disruptive events like a snow storm or transit strike can have on employee absenteeism and their business. “Having a plan in place can make a big difference.”

With driving conditions potentially more hazardous, employees should be encouraged to work from home and be given the tools that enable them to stay productive when out of the office—from communications to remote computer access. This can not only minimise the impact of adverse weather, but can actually allow companies to be more flexible in their approach any disruption. It also means employees can work while watching The Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back.

Small and medium businesses interested in learning about how they can better prepare for disruptions that prevent employees from coming to work — including remote access that can be set up without IT expertise — can visit LogMeIn’s online business continuity resource, which features best practices for workforce continuity and an exclusive Podcast Q&A with a Forrester Principle Analyst and business continuity expert.

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