Business Continuity

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A recent poll by LogMeIn, Inc. found that the majority of small and medium businesses don’t have a business continuity plan in place for the possibility of a flu outbreak or other events that could prevent employees’ from getting to the office.

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Business Continuity

  1. 1. Poll Shows Small and Medium Businesses Need Business Continuity Plans The results of a poll of 400 small, medium and large business professional conducted by LogMeIn via LinkedIn in September 2009
  2. 2. In September 2009, LogMeIn conducted a poll using LinkedIn. We asked 400 small, medium and large business professionals: “ Does your company have a business continuity plan in place for a possible flu outbreak? The majority of respondents indicated that either no plan existed, or they didn’t know of one — this majority is largest among small and medium business professionals. ” We are not alarmists, but we know that our users are concerned about this issue, and we conducted this We encourage you poll to raise awareness of it. to share the contents or the entirety of this document with your friends and colleagues, but ask that you acknowledge LogMeIn as the source should you wish to republish the results in a blog or article. 2 © 2009 by LogMeIn, Inc. Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
  3. 3. “Does your company have a business continuity plan in place for a possible flu outbreak?” 100% 90% 80% 70% Only 30 percent of business professionals 60% polled said their company has a business 50% continuity plan in place for the possibility of a flu 40% 50% outbreak. 30% 68 percent of business professionals polled said 20% 30% their company either didn’t have a business continuity plan in place, 10% 18% or they didn’t know. 0% 402 responses; Sept. 4-8, 2009 Yes No I don't know 3 Source: LogMeIn, Inc. via LinkedIn Polls
  4. 4. “Does your company have a business continuity plan in place for a possible flu outbreak?” 100% 90% 19% 13% 13% 80% 27% 27% 70% I don’t know 60% 32% 32% Small and medium businesses are far 50% 44% 44% 68% 68% No less likely than large businesses to have a 40% business continuity Yes plan in place. 30% 68 percent of small 20% 49% 49% business professional 29% 29% said no such plan exists in their company. 10% 19% 0% 402 responses; Sept. 4-8, 2009 Large (32%) Medium (25%) Small (42%) 4 Source: LogMeIn, Inc. via LinkedIn Polls
  5. 5. Email A Friend So what can you do to keep your workplace healthy and prepare for a potential disruption? We’ve gathered some expert opinions to share: 1. Don’t forget the basics – Keep your hands clean: Use soap and water or a hand sanitizer before meals, after shaking hands with someone and especially after using public restrooms. Consider putting anti- bacterial soap or sanitizer in the office kitchen and bathrooms. A staff email or notice in the office reminding employees of these basics may be a good idea. The CDC provides information and materials for the workplace at www.cdc.gov/flu/workplace/. 2. Get a flu shot – The CDC recommends an annual flu shot as the most important protection from the disease. In most cases, the vaccine can prevent someone from getting the flu and at least minimize symptoms should one contract it. Consider making flu shots available to employees or plan an office outing for everyone to get flu shots at the same time. We encourage you to share the contents 3. Stay home, but stay productive – The best way to not get the flu -- and to not spread it -- is to stay or the entirety of at home at the first sign of illness. Encourage employees to do the same when they or their family this document with members are feeling under the weather. Consider remote access software, like LogMeIn, which offers your friends and colleagues, but ask a free version (www.LogMeInFree.com) that allows users to access office computers and all of the that you acknowledge applications, files and folders on them from any Internet-connected computer or device. LogMeIn as the source should you wish to Visit the LogMeIn Business Continuity Resource page for more tips and information, including republish the results a podcast with Forrester principal analyst and business continuity expert Stephanie Balaouras: in a blog or article. BusinessContinuity.LogMeIn.com. 5 If you’re a member of the media and would like more information or to speak with a LogMeIn spokesperson, please contact Trip Kucera at press@LogMeIn.com.

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