Is WFH a reliable workplace recovery strategy?

As cold temperatures and snowy weather hit the UK, we ask you: what’s your workplace recovery strategy if your premises become inaccessible? We see many companies fully rely on a working from home (WFH) strategy, as it’s an easy and cost-effective solution, but is it a reliable and risk-free strategy in a disaster situation?

In general, there are quite a few risks associated with WFH, but in a disaster situation these could become more detrimental and undermine the company’s ability to recover.

Power outages

Power outages are common during snow storms and we often see entire areas and neighbourhoods left without power. What if one of those areas is where part/most of your staff lives? Unless you have an alternative workplace recovery solution, failing to relocate your staff could prevent you from recovering your business operations.

Workplace recovery providers guarantee diverse power feed and backup power supply to protect against power loss.

Unreliable Internet Connection

Home internet connection – especially with adverse weather conditions – are not always reliable. Employees may experience problems logging in to the cloud or connecting to the company VPN. There is also the security aspect of home and public connections, the last thing you want to deal with at a time of crisis is a data breach!

Workplace recovery services protect your data with advanced firewalls and security systems that allow you to access your data without the risk of a cyber-attack.

VPN Overload

Depending on how many employees you have, having an entire company working from home may overload your VPN causing it to crash or not working properly. This could mean valuable time wasted fixing a connection problem, rather than being devoted to recovery.

Workplace recovery solutions come with stable bandwidth which allows you to access your VPN and avoid the risk of overload.

Compliance

This might not always be the case, but in some circumstances, it may not be legal or acceptable to transfer data over a public internet connection. This concerns companies that manage sensitive data that needs a certain level of protection and security.

A serious workplace recovery provider will have the necessary accreditations and will guarantee compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

Productivity

Although we trust that all employees that WFH do work, there are some teams that need closer management support than others. During a crisis, the entire organisation is under extreme pressure, having your teams and management support who coordinate and guide them in one place could be critical for the success of the recovery strategy.

Workplace recovery services provide you not only with computers and networks but also with meeting rooms where you can gather your team and coordinate the recovery effort together with the continued running of day to day business.

Sustainability

In the case of your work facility or premises being damaged or inaccessible for a long period of time, how long can your business sustain a WFH strategy? For many companies, WFH is not sustainable in the long term in relation to communication with the staff, performance monitoring, information security etc.

Should you suffer prolonged loss of access to your premises, workplace recovery solutions provide sustainability in the long term, so you don’t have to temporarily shut down your business.