With an endless cup of Starbucks coffee in one hand and a load of bags with half completed weekend work in the other, I pushed through the front doors of our marketing office focused on the week ahead. One employee is leaving for a week and only 4 days to prepare, a event to plan, payroll to complete and a key client arriving for a yearly planning meeting at the end of the week, okay we can do this! As I step into through the doors, I am hit with the warm thick air of the office. What is going on? Was the AC off all weekend? Did the office bake from the very heat a avoided all weekend, heat too unbearable for even the beach?
As I approach my desk it is obvious by the look on my staffs’ face that my experience is shared. Oh no, this isn’t good, its confirmed, no air conditioning! Not day, really? A quick review of the air conditioning system reviled the compressor was not spinning. A quick call to the air conditioning service company reviled an over booked service schedule and a delay in a technician fixing the system. Now what to do?
With the loss of vital electrolytes and threat of dehydration from the excessive sauna like office, we had no choice but to regroup at a new location. This was not in the plan! Oh wait! We have a plan, a business continuity plan! We should use it. And, we did.
Our plan has options, go to the Anexio main office or take up space at the local café for a short time. With laptops in hand, our Verizon MiFi charged we huddled up in a local café plugging away at our marketing initiative for coming months. With creativity, coffee and good eats abound… suddenly the day seemed a bit less stressful.
Our disaster? A $200 capacitor was the unpredicted, unscheduled delay to our day. Thanks to our planning… I actually think we were MORE productive. Take that Murphy Law! Ha!