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Planning for extreme weather disruption

Helen Roby, Research Fellow in The Open University Business School, is part of the Disruption research project which looks at how travel is affected by disruptive events such as extreme weather.

Writing for HR Magazine, Helen says: “Headlines can paint a picture of the UK economy struggling with extreme weather conditions – businesses forced to close, employees not paid because they can’t get to work, and road and rail networks grinding to a halt.

“But we’ve found, from our three-year project investigating how businesses and people react during disruptions, that this isn’t the case. Our routines are more flexible than we think, and organisations are more adaptable thanks to better continuity planning, wider use of technology and the willingness of employees to work from home.”

You can read the full article, Planning for Extreme Weather Disruption, on HR Magazine’s website.

About Author

Kath works in the Media Relations team within the Communications Unit at The Open University. She is a skilled communicator with more than 15 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. She has a BA (Hons) English and American Literature from University of Warwick and specialises in stories from the Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, BBC programmes, and student stories. In her spare time Kath enjoys touring the country in her hand-painted camper van, Trevor.

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