When you work in a busy office, you don’t like interruptions. This can be when some piece of equipment fails, the phones are down, the elevator is being repaired, or the power goes out. Those of you who live in winter climates know of what I speak. It happens with great regularity, and sometimes you are in the middle of something really important. Candles and flashlights may be plenty but they don’t provide enough light to continue to work. My office recently purchased a portable generator, similar to what many people have at home, that can power most of the equipment that you need. Office buildings generally don’t have them, so it is a good idea to invest on your own. You will appreciate its efficiency in a blackout. Neither rain nor snow may deter the postman, but it also won’t stop us from getting on with our work. This is particularly important when you are in the middle of drafting a contract, are talking to an important client on the phone, or when the deadline is looming for month and quarter-end reports. With a generator, you will always be on time.
I am so pleased with the reliability of our portable generator that I am tempted to take it home when I am planning a working weekend in my home office. The odds of the power going out are slim, but it can happen. If you pay attention to weather forecasts, you will know what to expect in advance. You won’t find yourself fidgeting in the dark worrying about how long your candles will last. A rechargeable flashlight is no help if you can’t recharge the batteries. When the power goes out, the first thing I do is take this flashlight and check the circuit breaker. But if it is citywide, or even just on my block, I want that generator to jump into action and let the propane-fueled motor do its job.
I remember one time the weather was so bad that we were stuck at the office and couldn’t make it home. I was worried that the generator would give out, too, and was hoping it would work faithfully through the night. Since we bought a really good one, it did. We decided not to work after hours just because we were marooned; but we had a nice social time playing games and having personal conversations over hot coffee. You can make the best out of a bad situation if you try. It is a good idea to have supplies, such as snacks, at the ready in your office should the power go out. I believe in preplanning and forward thinking at work and at home. No one wants to be helpless in these infrequent but possibly dire situations. Even if you don’t use it often, the generator’s presence is comforting because you know it is there. We researched well the many models and prices and I advise you to do the same. You will be glad you did during the next power outage.