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By MirrorMirror ·
With the start of winter, our CEO sent out an e-mail to everyone in the company stating, "With the winter weather upon us, it is a good time to remind everyone of the inclement weather policy. XYZ Company will be open, even during bad weather. It is up to you as to whether you can come to work, based on the road conditions near your home. If you have any questions, please see your immediate supervisor."

I live and work in Texas. If any of you know anything about Texas and winter weather, you know that we usually get ice rather than snow here. And, we are not equipped to clear roads. The topper is that there are a lot of stupid drivers in Texas who like to think that they can drive 65 on ice. I have no intentions on being on the road with these idiots.

If I am reading the company policy correctly, this means that I am required to get on the road during snow or ice with these idiots because the company will be open. When I talked to my co-workers, they acted like there was something wrong with me for stating that I would not come in during any icy weather. Am I the only one?

What do you do during inclement weather? Go to work or stay home?

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Come on

by ABCComputer In reply to Weather

I grew up in the Chicago area, and until I moved to Virginia in 2000, we often had icy roads. If I were to stay home every time there were icy roads, I would hardly be at work from Decmeber through March. Granted if there was continuous snow, and it was going to pretty much snow all day I'd stay home, but if it was just light snow, and or snowed the night before or day before.. No reason to stay home.

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by vltiii In reply to Come on

Are you saying that everyone that lives in areas that have these extremes should put themselves in harms way because you were lucky enough to survive? Some place a higher value on self preservation and no job is worth risk life.

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by Montgomery Gator In reply to Come on

Some areas have better infrastructure for handling snowstorms and ice, though. I am originally from Florida, lived for 4 years in Syracuse, NY, and now live in Montgomery Alabama for over 10 years. Syracuse has much better equipment (out of necessity) for handling snow and ice, and even in the worst of storms, I could get out and about. However, just a little bit of ice can shut down roads in Alabama or Florida. All they can do is put some sand on bridges, and that only helps with minor ice storms. I remember seeing in the news when DC and surrounding parts of VA and MD had only a few inches of snow, it shut down the Nation's capital, when at the same time a 20 inch storm in Syracuse, NY was handled quite well. Since you now live in Virginia, you should realize that part of the country does not have the need for the infrastructure to handle such storms that Syracuse or Chicago get, since heavy snows are not as frequent. I lived in London, England for 6 months in 1990-19**, including winter months. They got a 8 inch snowfall when I was there, and it shut London down. Southern England very rarely gets heavy snow, as the climate is for the most part, pretty mild compared to continental Europe due to the Gulf Stream. It all depends on what your area generally expects for a winter.

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Living in Texas

by MlouHerrera In reply to Come on

Well I lived in Texas all my life and I got to say that if the weather is bad stay home. No reason for anyone to get out with all those idiots who think they know how to drive on ice and put your own life in danger. The weather conditions in Texas when it's icy can not be compare to the same conditions in others states that expect ice and snow during the winter months. Those states have the equipment and are prepared.

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Work during Bad Weather

by tnikodem In reply to Come on

I also grew up in Illinois (now I'm in Michigan).

I have also (tried) to dirve during snowstorms in Viginia (DC Area). In Illinois, drivers slow to adjust for the weather. However, in Virginia, I found the average speed during a few inches of snow was about half the usual speed -- half slowed to a crawl and half tried to go their usual speed.

I suspect Texas drivers are similar and one never knows which type is just around the corner or coming up fast in the rear mirror.

I suggest you get clarification about how time will be charged if you don't go into work. It sounds like you are encouraged to come to work if you can but to stay home if travle is too dangerous.

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Darwin

by DilbertDrone In reply to Well,

Survival of the fittest! Those smart enough to stay safe will live another day. Those who put a job before their own personal health and safety, in my opinion, are idiots.

I have delt with a similar situation in Florida during hurricanes but was told we shouldn't leave the area (cat 5 on track for our area at that time). I left town and I came back. I am safe. I do still have my job.

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On the other hand...

by featherman In reply to Darwin

While I agree with you (and I left FLA - relocated - after the first three big blows this year)that personal safety should trump attempting to commute in very inclement weather, I can personally cite two or three instances (including one during hurricane Francis earlier this year) when non-attendance at work was deemed cause for termination.

Bottom line is that you need to play it by ear...

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Those who take advantage

by jhz55 In reply to On the other hand...

It sounds to me like your boss is trying to give a clue to a handfull of employees who may use adverse, or even slightly adverse weather, as an excuse to play hookey at every given opportunity. You know who they are, and they are in every company. We all know these people can bring down the honor system in a workplace rather quickly. I would take the advice of others and play it by ear, if you don't take advantage of the situation, you should be just fine.

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Simply damned if you do or don't.

by Consumer007 In reply to On the other hand...

You know what, all that phrasing and sentiment that employers "leave it up to your best judgment and want you to be safe" is ******** in this Greedy Republican outsourcing economy.

Here is the reality:

We say we leave it to your best judgement, but what we really mean is be here, no matter what the weather or get fired. And if you get in a wreck and you're late, your problem, or you're fired, because you must have driven wrong, and we don't care what they said on the radio or TV.

I should know, because I live in Colorado, and 2 years ago, we were forced to come in when a blizzard was imminent. By noon, it was getting dangerous outside and they let us go home, great, only to get stuck on the highway. How nice of them to send the company truck and bail us out. I got to sleep in my cubicle for the night. But that wasn't time off, b-cuz boss called every half hour to make sure I was running around the server room checking things. "Well, you're there anyway, you might as well work", from the comfort of his own home.

And no, I didn't get paid extra hours for that either.

However, after getting stuck in that blizzard for 3 hours b-4 being rescued, my new policy is: I don't come in if they say not to on television, and if you fire me, I'll sue you for unemployment.

Scott
Denver, CO

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We're held over a barrel (for now)

by lindaniel In reply to Simply damned if you do o ...

In the current employment situation, one does what one's boss asks for or be terminated. And there are enough rules that something can be found to pin you if the boss wants to. When 2000 people line up to apply for three open positions at the company across the street, your boss knows very well that he's got you over a barrel. If your immediate boss is a nice guy, three steps up the corporate ladder is a person who has no clue who you are, only that your work isn't being done. Who answers to someone who answers to someone who answers to the stockholders who only care that the retirement fund that holds the stock gets enough in dividends to pay the retirees. I believe that over 60% of stock is held by retirement funds. If not 60, certainly a seriously significant percentage. I understand how our employment culture got into this mess. However, "understanding" only keeps me from becoming angry. It doesn't pay the housepayment if I quit my ugly job.

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