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There is no denying it but businesses have felt a big struggle these last twelve months. Some have had to shut their doors on their business, operate from home or change the way they do things logistically. It can’t have been easy for anyone to have to go through the changes that have been made. But there is another hidden hurdle that a lot of businesses face right now and that is the threat of winter. It can be quite a difficult time for businesses for many reasons, but below are some of the common ones that you might want to prepare yourself for.
The threat of illness
One of the biggest issues that a business can face at the time is the threat of illness. It can be quite a difficult issue. Usually in the winter, you have the worry of colds and flu viruses getting out of hand, and this can mean that some employees or even freelancers are unable to complete their work. But even more so right now, you have the added threat of Covid-19 where people may have to have tests or even self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone. This is when having backup plans for your workload and also outsourcing in certain areas can help you to ensure that your business still runs smoothly.
Icy conditions and threats to customers
Another issue is the weather and this can cause many problems with your business location. For starters, if you do have people coming into work, then icy conditions on stairs or access areas of your business can mean that your access to your business becomes dangerous. The winter means that other things you need to consider are your customers safety and welfare. They will need to be able to access your business safely. Having things on hand such as grit and salt can help you to get rid of dangerous icy patches that may from.
Water leaks and burst pipes
You may also find that the weather can be a big issue for you. This might be in terms of water leaks and burst pipes as well as having issues with general plumbing. As the temperature drops, these pipes can burst and cause issues. You might also need to do some extra work on your pipework that is on the xerios such as considering looking at pipe plug suppliers and also looking into adding an extra layer of insulation around the pipe. Just having the temperature slightly warmer can ensure that there is no freezing.
Heating breaking down
Finally, the last thing anyone wants on a cold day is for the heating to stop working, not just in your home but also in your business. This is especially hard if you have people working in your business premises. They need to be able to do so safely and comfortably, and if the temperature isn’t right then this can cause problems with productivity. Having an engineer on call to help if this should happen can enable you to feel more confident that this won’t be an issue in the future.
Let’s hope sharing these common threats will help you to be better prepared for the weeks ahead.