Are you a firefighter, police office, rescue worker, doctor or road maintenance worker? Well first of all, thank you for doing an extremely important job during one of the toughest times of year. Second of all, this post isn’t about you.
For anyone else, read on!
There are some nasty storms moving across the country right now and I am fairly certain they won’t be stopping. If you’re in an area like Portland, winter weather means being completely paralyzed. And while the drivers here in my fair city are partially to blame, the road crews here are woefully unprepared to deal with the more serious winter stuff that comes our way once every four years.
I went to school in a place that had snow on the ground from late October through finals. They knew how to deal with it there and they were equipped. Even in well equipped areas though, some nasty stuff would shut things down once in a while. My in-laws received two feet of snow in 24 hours.
In all of these situations, there always seems to be these people that feel their job as an accountant, public relations specialist or human resources manager necessitate the need to risk their life and try to get to work in vehiclesÂ inadequatly equipped to deal with the weather.
Here’s the deal: if you can’t drive in crummy weather and you don’t have the mass transportation system necessary to carry you to work, don’t try to go to work.Your job isn’t that important.
Stay in, drink a cup of hot chocolate and even play with your cats if absolutely necessary. Nobody should blame you for not going to work in dangerous conditions and if they do, you have my permission to get in their face about it.
What I advise companies to do in this situation is pretty simple:
- Have a clearly written inclement weather policy that everyone is made aware of.
- In that policy, state that you will always be open except in extreme weather conditions and tell them resources you’ll use to communicate a closure.
- Those who can use mass transit or walk will get to work.
- Empower your employees to make the call for themselves and back them up on their decisions.
Do you have experience with anything else that works?