I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

Those businesses that had robust business continuity plans in place before the pandemic fared much better than those that didn’t.

Have we learned our lessons?

From here on in we are going to experience disruption on an unprecedented scale. Our next major global challenge is here.

Extreme weather events have impacted the US, UK, Belgium, Germany, China and New Zealand this past week, impacting mobility severely.

Below is a graphic display of another searing heatwave predicted for large parts of the US this week.

NOAA Twitter feed

“It’s been a severe and dangerous summer, some of the heatwaves have been devastatingly hot. We certainly expected these type of temperatures as global warming continues but I don’t think anyone anticipated they would be so hot right now. I don’t think we could’ve expected so many heatwaves in the same general region in one summer.”— Michael Wehner, senior scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

US set for punishing temperatures as huge ‘heat dome’ to settle over country

Disruption will arrive on two fronts:

1) The impact of severe weather events
2) The impact of mitigation to limit further global heating

What do your business continuity plans look like in the face of these?

Businesses that actively work at decoupling from the need to burn fossil fuels and become location independent are going to prove to be more resilient than those who don’t.

How far are you down this track?