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Are your business' telecoms guaranteed to survive the cold weather?

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Beware and prepare: weather the seasonal business threats 


Eze Talk can provide unified communications that ensure your company’s telephony and IT systems survive snow, cold weather and other seasonal disasters.


In terms of maintaining productivity, the unpredictable British weather can be particularly challenging for many businesses. 


Bad weather can test a company’s infrastructure to breaking point, often wreaking havoc on corporate communications. From broken phone lines to power cuts, a company’s hardwired communication systems are uniquely vulnerable to outside events. 


That’s before considering the impact of heavy snow or storms on employee attendance, with the UK typically experiencing more than 23 snow days each year. We seem to have more snow storms than ever, not to mention the increase in flooding experienced across the UK in recent years, which has also given us all a reality check on our vulnerability. 


One particularly spell of bad weather in February and March last year a result of freezing arctic temperatures from ‘The Beast from the East’ colliding with ‘Storm Emma’, was estimated to have cost the UK economy over £1 billion per day. 


Failure to prepare is to prepare to fail 


During adverse weather, maintaining normal channels of communication between staff and with customers is absolutely essential for productivity and client relations, which can suffer greatly from downtime or disruption. 


While your offices are being battered by snow or storms, customers elsewhere could be enjoying normal working conditions - and so could your competitors. 


hosted phone system eliminates the need for comms rooms and can keep your company operating at full efficiency, while less well-prepared competitors flounder in the snow. 


As the next-generation of communications management, SIP can fully future-proof your company’s telephony. The advantages of these hosted phone system packages are numerous: 


1. It’s cloud based, and therefore unaffected by weather conditions. 


2. Employees can access their phone services from anywhere, on any device (so they don’t need to be in the office). 


3. Complete flexibility and scalability. 


4. The simplicity of communications and software systems allows even technology-averse employees to easily navigate its dedicated web portal. 


5. Hosted phone systems are here long-term and can be cheaper and more reliable than legacy PBX systems. 


Remote control 


It is critical to have a robust cloud-based phone system in place, allowing your business to maintain full productivity in the event of any unforeseen disruptions. 


Rather than relying on fixed phone lines, which can become damaged or disconnected by storms, a hosted phone system moves fixed and mobile telephony to the cloud. 


No place like home 


Letting staff work from home brings many advantages, but it’s always better to plan for this eventuality in advance. With the right infrastructure, your staff can be just as productive as they would be in the office and, more importantly, customers won’t even notice the difference: 


1. Clients won’t know that an employee is based at home, because their work phone number will appear the same, whether they’re calling from Hertfordshire or the Highlands of Scotland. 


2. Home-working frees up time for more productive activities that would otherwise have been spent commuting. 


3. Administrators can configure and manage the system in real-time from wherever they happen to be working (or stranded), in response to changing demands. 


Continuity announcements 


One sure-fire way to maximise business continuity is to appoint a unified comms provider to handle all aspects of your business phone systems. 


A hosted phone system minimises downtime because any problem will be resolved by one company, avoiding the nightmare scenario where line and network providers blame each other for a fault, rather than facilitating repairs. 


Talk to us today about our unified comms that will keep your connected whatever the weather.  We will deliver a flexible and responsive personal service around the clock, helping your employees to familiarise themselves with the web portal interface of an appointed phone system.