Things To Do When The Power Goes Down At Work
It can be a scary situation, especially if you’re in an office building with no windows and no idea how long it will be before things get back to normal. But there are a few things you can do to make sure that you and your co-workers stay safe until help arrives. Here’s what to do when power is off.
The first step in any power outage is to let people know what’s going on. You may want to use your company’s social media accounts, but you should also consider creating a backup plan with your IT team. This could be as simple as sending an email to everyone in the office or getting a notification on your phone that there is no power at work and how long it will be before you can go home.
If possible, try to contact someone who works in another area of your building or outside of it — someone who might know more than you do about what’s going on. Ask them if there’s any information available about when the power might come back on or if there are other options for getting out of the building safely (like fire escapes).
If there is no other option than waiting around until the power comes back on, try to keep yourself busy by doing something productive — like cleaning up around your desk or taking care of any paperwork that needs doing before it gets lost in the blackness of an unplugged computer screen.
Make sure you have enough battery power left on your phone so that you can make calls or send text messages if needed. If not, find a place where you can charge your phone such as a conference room or another room in your building that has power from an outlet or generator.
People will call you after hours when there’s an emergency, even if they know you won’t be able to answer right away because you won’t be able to hear them anyway! Set up an automated message explaining what happened and when they can expect someone to call them back once power has been restored in the area (if it hasn’t come back yet).
Below are few more things you can do when the power is off
- Assemble a group of co-workers to help you stay organized and accountable.
- Create a list of all the computer files you’ve been working on, and make sure they’re backed up somewhere secure like Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Make sure your boss has a copy of your resume and other important documents in case the office is closed for days or weeks at a time.
- If you have a smart phone with LTE service, use it as an alternative way to contact clients or colleagues if the phone lines aren’t working (or if you’re worried about using up your minutes).
- If you work from home, check in with your employer before going ahead with any non-essential travel plans; if they’re open, then go ahead and take that trip! If not, be ready to cancel at short notice.
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