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With 2024 now in full swing, the winter season is about to reach its harshest peak. We’re talking about impending snowstorms and subzero temperatures that will occur for the next three months, at the very least. For many, winter can be a beautiful season However, it goes without saying that the season comes with its fair share of challenges. This is especially true for businesses.
From extreme weather conditions to seasonal illnesses, several factors can disrupt business operations during the winter months. Understanding these potential mishaps is the first step in preparing for and mitigating their impact.
Be ready for severe weather delays and closures.
Those snowstorms, ice storms and blizzards can certainly wreak havoc on a business. Such weather events can lead to transportation delays, power outages and hazardous road conditions. Obviously, this all makes it difficult for employees to commute to work. As a result, businesses may experience disruptions in operations, missed deadlines and decreased productivity. It’s essential for businesses to have contingency plans in place. Do you allow for remote work options or flexible scheduling?
“Despite the snow, employees who make it into the office often arrive late and are shaken from white-knuckled driving,” points out Beth Braccio Hering of FlexJobs, “Everyone has a horror story to share before settling into work. Meetings get postponed because of no-show clients. The temptation exists to constantly check the forecast (and share it with others). Such conditions definitely do not promote focus and productivity.”
Prepare for increased bouts with illness.
Have you noticed an increase in coughing and sneezing already? Something is definitely going around. The winter season is notorious for the flu and other seasonal illnesses. Of course, germs can easily spread quickly in close working environments. An outbreak of illness among employees can lead to a significant decrease in productivity and an increase in absenteeism.
“Research tells us that the flu virus thrives in cold weather because it’s designed to hop from person to person,” informs AlertMedia, “Winter creates the perfect condition to pass on tiny flu droplets – transmission rates peak when temperature and humidity are both low.” To mitigate this risk, businesses should promote good hygiene practices. Encourage employees to stay home if they are unwell to prevent the spread of illness in the workplace.
Anticipate supply chain disruptions.
Winter weather can also impact supply chains, especially for businesses that rely on the transportation of goods. Snow and ice can lead to delays in shipping and delivery. This can cause inventory shortages and disruptions in production schedules. Businesses should maintain open communication with suppliers and have contingency plans in place to address potential supply chain disruptions. Consider alternative suppliers or inventory stockpiling.
“Stockpile several months of essential supplies so your business can survive disruptions,” recommends Adrianne Burke of AccuWeather, “If supply chains are disrupted, you may have to store goods and materials needed to maintain your business.”
Secure business funding.
Contact Synergy Merchants’ to find out how our unique merchant cash advance program can help you out in the event of an emergency this winter. Regardless of your credit history or length of time in business, you can be approved in less than 24 hours! Call us at 1-877-718-2026 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply online for a free, no obligation quote!