With Thanksgiving just one week away, I’m sure you’ve started to think about the upcoming holiday season. Cooking (or frying) a big butterball turkey, watching football games, and traveling to see friends and family are traditional Thanksgiving activities. In fact, AAA predicts 54.3 million Americans will journey 50+ miles from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

But what happens when everyone in the office requests the same days off?

Working around a reduced workforce can be challenging, especially if your organization does not have a plan in place. In addition to scheduled time off, flu season and winter storms can also impact business as usual.

Don’t let your organization be caught off guard or unprepared this holiday season.

Here are a few tips to help maintain continuity of operations throughout the busiest time of year:

  1. Implement a work-from-home policy.

If your organization is conducive to working remote, this is a great way to get around busy travel schedules. By implementing a work-from-home policy, employees can take some extra time off to be with family and loved ones during the holidays while still getting important tasks done – meaning you can get the best of both worlds.

  1. Make sure you BC plans are up-to-date and accessible.

Plans that have been collecting dust on a shelf since 2007 won’t do much good when an incident occurs. Not only do your business continuity plans need to be up-to-date, they should also be accessible to more than one person in the office. If they’re traveling, working from home, or sick with the flu, you need to make sure there is someone else who can access these important documents in case of an emergency. Ideally, access to these plan documents would be electronic, via a cloud-based document sharing application or service.

  1. Cross-train employees.

This is a great way to ensure all important tasks can be completed during the holiday season. By training your employees on how to not only do their job, but aspects of other jobs within the company, your business will be able to manage if you’re left with a reduced workforce. Cross-training employees provides more flexibility when managing a workforce while also helping to strengthen customer support with more knowledgeable and well-rounded employees.

To learn more about how to combat a reduced workforce, check out Preparis’ Reduced Workforce Checklist.

Preparis offers an all-in-one software application that allows users to send emergency messages, manage an incident, initiate proactive conference calls, and access critical documents from anywhere in the world. The application, fully supported on mobile devices, can help ensure the safety of your employees and continuity of operations this holiday season. Learn more here.

If you would like more information, please contact us today.