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At some point, something outside of your control is going to disrupt your business. Whether it’s weather, a power outage, or a child with chicken pox, it’s important that you don’t wait until after you’ve already been disrupted to plan to stay productive.
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Did you know?
From 1980 to 2010, failing to prepare for weather events cost the United States US$1.5 trillion in economic losses.*
Are you prepared for anywhere productivity? Use the this five-step Cisco Preparedness Checklist to find out.
Are you prepared for
anywhere productivity?
Use the this five-step Cisco Preparedness Checklist to find out.
1
Have you developed a comprehensive safety plan for your organization?

Good. Make sure that you’ve addressed every eventuality and set clear expectations for how your staff should react to each potential situation and keep them safe.

Keeping your staff safe should be your first priority. Compile a list of possible disruptions your organization might face and make sure every employee is aware of the appropriate course of action for each situation. Tools such as Cisco WebEx and Spark solutions can help you quickly and easily shift schedules and rapidly communicate updates and alerts so you can keep your staff safe and productive—from anywhere.

When disasters happen, and you need continuity of your IT operations, you can protect your on-premises IT environment without having to operate your own disaster recovery site.

2
Have you established communication leads for every department?

Establishing primary points of contact is one of the keys to remaining productive during a disruption. Make sure your team leads are properly equipped with tools such as Cisco WebEx, Jabber, and Spark solutions on every device so they can remain connected from anywhere.

It’s important that your key leaders are able to communicate with each other and coordinate their teams. It’s a good idea to equip them with collaboration tools such as Cisco WebEx, Jabber, and Spark solutions on every device so they can keep communication channels open from anywhere.

For higher-quality video and audio collaboration, you might also consider distributing advanced video collaboration platforms like the Cisco TelePresence DX80 endpoint to key team members.

3
Have you backed up your data and contacts?

Good. Make sure your contacts and data are accessible from any location and on any device. In case you can’t make it to the office and need access to your company network and services, the Cisco AnyConnect solution is a great tool that gives you secure mobile access from any location.

Losing your contacts or data can cripple your productivity and make recovering from a disruption much more difficult. Make sure that you’ve backed up your important files and contact lists both physically (for example, on an external hard drive) and virtually (in the cloud) so they won’t be lost, and that you have a tool such as the Cisco AnyConnect solution that will enable you to securely access your organization’s network and services from any location.

When disasters happen, and you need continuity of your IT operations, you can protect your on-premises IT environment without having to operate your own disaster recovery site.

4
Have you backed up your power supply?

Good. We suggest keeping a charged battery backup in your office, home, and car to ensure you’re never stranded without access to your phone and other mobile devices.

Collaboration tools are useless if you can’t turn on your devices. A backup generator for your office and home is always a good idea, but at the very least, we suggest keeping a charged battery backup in your car, home, and office so that you can always have emergency access to your phone and other mobile devices.

5
Are you equipped to work from anywhere?

Collaboration tools are perhaps your most valuable assets during a disruption. Make sure your staff has them activated on every device—and are comfortable using each application—so that your team can remain connected no matter what is happening outside.

If you can’t collaborate, you can’t stay productive during a disruption. We suggest that every member of your team enable the following solutions on every device. That way, you can stay connected no matter what is happening outside.

Cisco WebEx solution — Schedule virtual meetings with video, audio, and file-sharing capability.
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Cisco Jabber solution — Chat remotely from any device.
Download Jabber (requires organization support) →

Cisco Spark solution — Enable teamwide collaboration.
Download the Cisco Spark solution →

Cisco AnyConnect solution — Access your organization’s network and resources securely from anywhere.
Download the AnyConnect solution for iOS (requires organization support) → Download the AnyConnect solution for Android (requires organization support) →

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*Kendall Brietman, “Failure to prepare for extreme weather costs billions,” USA TODAY, Feb. 12, 2014.