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MAR 2018

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F E A T U R E A R T I C L E 52 MARCH 2018 t H e le A de R 3. Protect your intellectual property. Do you have an off-site data center for your IT back-up, paper files, inventory, etc.? Keeping all of your intellectual property in your office space is risky. Make sure you establish an alternate location for your key IT files, drives and products. Renting storage space at an off-site facility is a good option. In fact, many businesses, such as law firms, have turned to off-site spaces to store hard-copy files, books and research. Remote storage offers a safe haven for your IP as well as the additional benefit of helping to condense your existing office space. 4. Create a back-up workspace. Can you keep your business running should your office space be compromised? Do you have an emergency office space on reserve? Maintaining business function is crucial. Investigate shared office space options now before an emergency hits. Consider setting up a satellite office – whether it be in another office building/space or even in a storage unit. No matter where your back-up office resides, keep in mind that it will require furniture, phones, and IT support. Remember, it's those businesses that cease operation, even temporarily, that are at risk. Taking precautions now to ensure your organization can function outside of your designated office is one of the keys to survival. 5. Equip your staff with remote work capabilities. Can your staff work remotely? If you don't already have a mobile staff, consider creating one. Flexible work arrangements are the norm and can be a benefit when disaster hits. If employees are already accustomed to working from home, it will be easy for them to continue doing so during a disaster, if conditions allow, or move to a temporary office space. Being able to work any time and from anywhere is important. Disasters, specifically natural ones, are on the rise and, with other business threats a possibility, organizations would be remiss not to plan. Now is the time to start mitigating these risks to ensure that your organization experiences minimal business disruption when catastrophe strikes. Mark Scullion is president of Workplace Solutions at Suddath, a global transportation, relocation management and logistics company based in Jacksonville, Florida. t hank you Global l earning Partners t hank you G ia a wards s ponsor Economic Development Agency

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