Whether you’re dealing with gale-force winds or a fallen tree, power loss can cause major problems for your business if you’re not prepared. An electricity failure can be a major setback and if you’re dealing with customers that are outside of your area, they aren’t going to understand.
Continue reading this article to learn what you should do at your business when the power goes out.
1. Make Sure Everyone Is Safe
Before doing anything, check to make sure everyone in the building is safe. If you have any part of the building that requires power to navigate, make sure no one is stuck.
If you are prepared properly, you’ll already have a plan in case of a power outage. If you have a plan, make sure everyone refers back to it in case they are unsure of what to do.
Once you do a headcount and make sure everyone is there, you can begin on the productivity part of things.
2. Use Your Generator
If you don’t have a generator, click here to learn about your different options. If you already have a generator, then you need to make sure you’re going to be operating it safely when you turn it on.
Make sure you’re using your generator in a safe manner, or you could get carbon monoxide poising or experience an electric shock.
3. Have Surge Protection for Your Equipment
Any important business equipment should have surge protectors in place, or your company could lose thousands of dollars. When you go through a power outage even if it isn’t from a storm, the chance that your equipment could be negatively affected is higher than normal.
4. Check Equipment for Damage
If you didn’t have surge protection on certain equipment, you need to check for damage before you try to use anything. If your equipment was damaged, you could be productive by making a list of things you need to fix or replace once the power is back on.
5. Use MiFi Devices
When your network with your WiFi goes out, it’s time to go to MiFi. If your phone has a hotspot or you have another hotspot device, you’ll be able to get connected again.
The only problem with this is that it is not a long-term solution. Phones and mobile hotspot devices are going to run out of power, so make sure you use the connectivity that you have wisely.
If you need to get important emails out or check certain stats — do it before you check other less important things, for instance, Facebook or Twitter.
6. Make a Contact List
Make a contact list for everyone in the office so you can get in touch with each other even if the power is out in your building.
In some companies, people are only able to access their work email from the office. If the power goes out and people are out of the office, you need to have other email addresses for them so you can get in contact with them.
If you don’t already have this when the power goes out and people are going home, get this contact information on paper, so you’ll be able to get in touch with employees you might need to contact while the power is still out.
7. Maximize Battery Life
The internet will suck the life out of your battery, so stay offline as much as you can. If you do need to get online, hop on, do what you need to, and disconnect again.
Also, put your laptop in battery saver mode. While your computer won’t be functioning at the top of its game, you’ll be able to get more life out of it.
You can also get rechargeable battery packs that will allow you to recharge your phone, laptop, tablet, and any other devices you might need to keep running. Make sure you get one that packs enough of a punch, or you might not get enough charge to do anything.
8. Use the Cloud
The cloud can be a major lifesaver in times when the power goes out since you can access it from any device. As long as you have your login information, you can access your files from places like Google Docs, Dropbox, and other cloud services.
You can also share files with people that might be working remotely because they can’t make it to work due to the power outage. If your computer is damaged, files are safe with the cloud. Using cloud based PCs such as a Citrix Virtual Desktop or a Windows 10 virtual desktop can easily help you to work remotely during tough times. If you weren’t using the cloud and your files were on your damage laptop — they’d be gone for good.
9. Go Offsite
When you can’t use your generator anymore, and all of your battery packs are used up, you can choose to sit in the dark and talk about old The Office reruns — or it’s time to go offsite.
If you go far enough away from the power outage, you can find a coffee shop or other coworking space where you and your team can gather around and get things done. Make sure you buy a coffee or something when you go there since it might be off-putting to get an entire office in your shop that doesn’t want to make a purchase.
Take That! Power Loss
Now that you know what to do when power loss hits your building, you can stay productive and rock the business day.
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