How to loadshed-proof your business
It’s become part of our daily lives, and the reality is that load shedding is going to be around for a while. Isn’t it time to put some plans in place to safeguard your business and keep things going when the lights go out?
It’s easier to plan accordingly if you know when load shedding is going to strike. To get free and regular updates, register with Sharenet. They’ll keep you in the loop about when your area will experience a power outage as well as which stage you can expect. If you’d prefer, you can download a great app for your smartphones such as loadsheddingapp.co.za or GridWatch to stay on top of load shedding. Another great way to stay informed about load shedding is to follow your local municipality on social media platforms, like Facebook or Twitter. Not only will they have alerts as to when load shedding is taking place, but they’ll also keep you up to date with what’s going on in your city.
Make sure that your batteries are fully charged. Not being able to work on your laptop or phone is a great hindrance, but some video cameras, alarms and other security tools also run on batteries; ensuring that even if the power is out, you’re still safe. Get car chargers for your cell phone and tablet, and power up your devices while you drive. So, even though there may not be power at your destination, you’ll still be connected.
Downtime is often exactly what we need. Make the most of the dark situation and attend to the things we never get around to doing. Use these times to read correspondence, brainstorm, hold meetings or to strengthen team bonds. Chat to colleagues and keep up to date on what’s going on in other departments.
Backing up your work is not just something that should be remembered for load shedding – always keep backups of your work documents. You never know when SARS may require bank statements form the first day you opened your doors.
Think about traffic and plan accordingly. If you have deliveries, schedule in the time where traffic lights aren’t down so the trip doesn’t take twice as long or plan alternative routes.
Depending on the type of business you run – discuss flexi-time with your employees. If they have the resources, let them work at home should there be morning load shedding. If you have a UPS, plug your Wi-Fi router into it or invest in a MiFi (a wireless router that acts as a mobile hotspot), to ensure you have working internet.
Making things easier
If your business is insured with Dialdirect Insurance, you can make use of Dialdirect’s Business Assist benefits. Besides offering great business advice, they can also help you source the best deals on just about anything. This could be helpful when you’re looking to buy generators or UPS’s, upgrade to laptops, or purchase energy-saving light bulbs.