Managers should plan ahead for power cuts
JOHANNESBURG - Managers’ failure to
plan ahead for power cuts will eat into profits and cause
job losses, skills training organisation BizTech said on
“If you go into any shopping centre or business where the
power is off, you see staff sitting around chatting.
Managers have failed to find productive work for them to do
when the lights are off and this will cut into profits, see
job losses, add to inflationary pressures and see South
Africa’s economic ratings fall further,” chief executive
officer Liza van Wyk said.
“South Africa can’t afford to have managers fail to plan for
load shedding, especially when Eskom is more reliable about
sticking to schedules,” she said.
Van Wyk suggested slotting tasks that don’t need electricity
into work schedules, like paper work, deliveries, cleaning
and calling clients.
“If you leave it to staff to innovate, most won’t, they
don’t realise their jobs are at stake, it is up to managers
to lead,” she said.
Faced with electricity shortages, Eskom recently introduced
a rostered system of power cuts, cutting electricity in
areas for up to four hours.