Office building in Frankfurt
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Despite the months-long gas crisis, only a few companies in Germany have systematically prepared for the fact that they could run out of energy.
Just under a third, 29 percent, have an emergency plan.
This is the result of the current Randstad-Ifo survey of a good 700 HR managers.
Small businesses in particular find it difficult to come up with contingency plans.
In the size class up to 49 employees, the proportion is only 15 percent, with more than 500 employees it increases to 60 percent.
At the same time, more than 90 percent of those surveyed stated that their company was already suffering from the rising costs of the energy crisis, but also from a lack of business planning and a bad mood among the workforce.
Personnel managers were asked which measures they intend to take in response to energy bottlenecks.
Lowering the building temperature was mentioned most frequently, and many also consider a reduction in overtime and holidays to be likely – this can quickly slow down operations.
At least 32 percent see a targeted reduction in business activity as a possible measure, for example by reducing production or shortening service times.
Good news for employees: Only 23 percent of those surveyed can currently imagine reducing staff, and only seven percent see a high probability.
Personnel managers prefer to send their valuable specialists on short-time work - and can thus keep them permanently.
That's what 42 percent say, and almost two-thirds in industry.