How to Stay Productive in the Office When the Internet Goes Down

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“The Internet is down” or 404 makes for a one-sentence horror story for a modern workplace. This is especially true since most businesses rely on the Web not just for research purposes, but also for communicating with clients.

Aside from the most obvious solution of calling your IT department for help, here are some other suggestions to stay on top of your game at the office even without the Internet:

Don’t Panic

First, take deep, soothing breaths to keep yourself calm. Remember that the Internet is only down, but you could still keep your workday as productive as possible. While there might be some difficulties (considering how dependent on the Internet most workplaces are), you could still accomplish other things in the midst of this challenging time. Regroup and focus on other important tasks.

If you really need to use the Internet, especially to contact external clients, there are still plenty of IT solutions available for you, including going to a café for their Wi-Fi connection or tethering your phone’s Internet to your computer.

Call your IT department immediately

Inform your IT department of this problem as soon as possible so that they could take the necessary steps to get you back on the Net. After this step, try to resist the urge to badger them even if you feel anxious regarding your backlogs for the day. Just like you, they must also be trying their best to cope with the situation, and harassing them would certainly not get the job done.

Do other tasks in your to-do list

Don’t let the Internet downtime take away with it your productivity the way it did with your ability to send and receive emails. You might not notice it on a daily basis, but there are still plenty of tasks in your to-do list that could be accomplished even without the help of this seemingly omnipresent technology. Aside from these, you could also take this time to finally organize the stuff in your work area, such as tangled cables, paper clips that seem to be practically everywhere, plenty of papers, etc.

Correspond to old-fashioned way

Talking with the team personally rather than through the internet

When the Internet goes down, it becomes particularly troubling for businesses, especially if they rely on it to connect to their network, communicate with customers and employees, and perform other day-to-day tasks. In this case, employees could try to make the best use of the situation by communicating with their colleagues the old-fashioned way: getting out of their cubicles and going to the person involved directly.

This could be the chance for your organization to discover the “lost art” of talking to your co-workers. You could also view this as an opportunity to get up from your chair, stretch for a bit, and take a stroll around the office.

When all else fails, enjoy this chance and take a break. An Internet outage could cause plenty of problems for an organization. However, it could also present opportunities for employees to reassess their priorities, accomplish other essential tasks, and even take the chance to chat with their colleagues and maybe even take a short break.