CBS news reported a fire broke out in the U.S. Agricultural office located in Maryland this past weekend. The building did not sustain much damage, but employees were asked to work from their homes if they had the capability to do so.
This scenario brings to light the idea of a ‘backup’ telecommuting plan in case of emergencies, which could prove valuable to many businesses that have daily operating needs, such as federal government and state offices. Government offices are mandated to be open during business hours. In the event of an emergency, having a disaster plan that includes some level of telecommuting may take some of the stress off of the situation and allow employees to continue with their work, teleworking from home or other places, without feeling like they will be coming back to the office with an overwhelming workload waiting for them.