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Dodging Disaster: 5 Common Catastrophes That Could Hit Your Business (and How to Avoid Them).

November 17, 2022 by  
Filed under Business, Money, Opinion, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

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( Businesses of all sizes are susceptible to disasters. From financial crises to technology failures, these situations often pop up out of nowhere, wreaking havoc on unwitting and unprepared companies. 

While it’s nearly impossible to predict when disaster may strike, there are things you can do to prepare for them and minimize the damage they cause. Let’s explore some of the more common catastrophes that could affect your business and how to handle them if they happen. 

  1. Technology Failures

Today’s society relies heavily on technology. While this makes our business processes easier, faster, and more secure, technology isn’t foolproof. It can and does fail from time to time, and when it does, it can be devastating. At the very least, it will halt operations, but at worst, you could lose vital confidential and sensitive information. 

You should consider adopting cloud disaster recovery solutions to protect yourself and your clients from the devastation that can occur when data is compromised. Doing so will ensure your crucial data is backed up and recoverable should data loss occur. 

  1. Financial Crises

A company can experience a financial crisis for several reasons, but regardless of the cause, these tough times can be challenging to navigate safely. So, whether you’ve invested unwisely, have experienced a decline in demand for your products, or are experiencing some other type of financial strife, you must find a way to cut costs and regain the upper hand. 

This might mean downsizing your staff, slowing production so there isn’t any overstock in storage, or simply obtaining a loan to carry you through the downtime. You might even consider allowing your employees to work from home, which will reduce your overhead costs. 

  1. Natural Disasters

Adverse weather can happen just about anywhere, and it’s impossible to predict. Tornadoes, floods, fires, and earthquakes can be detrimental to any business. The best thing you can do to protect your business should a natural disaster occur is to have adequate insurance to cover the damages. 

It’s also important to understand your local area and the disasters to which you may be exposed. Armed with this information, you can construct natural disaster plans to ensure you and your team are able to act quickly if something does happen. 

  1. Unhappy Employees and Customers

The reality is your business can’t succeed without your employees and customers. Keeping everyone satisfied is a full-time job itself, and it’s an important one. 

Unhappy employees can lead to strikes, boycotts, and legal disputes. This can be devastating as operations will likely stop altogether. In addition, dissatisfied customers can lead to negative publicity, which is hard to overcome. 

The first thing you need to do should you discover unsatisfied employees or customers is to listen. Listen to their demands, acknowledge their feelings, and work toward a solution that makes everyone happy. Be open to negotiation, and keep an open mind if you hope to resolve things quickly. 

  1. Malevolence

In today’s society, you can’t ignore the threat of malice in the workplace. Whether it’s an unhappy employee or a dissatisfied customer, you must always be on guard for violence. 

Dealing with a nasty situation can be tricky, but first and foremost, you must make sure your staff and customers are safe. Once you’ve done this, you can address the perpetrator(s), ideally by calling the authorities, if possible. 

Catastrophe in business can happen at any time. While it’s almost impossible to predict such situations, how you deal with them when they occur makes the difference between continued success and devastating failure in your business.

Staff Writer; Shelia Ford

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