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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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Dallas Winter

by rygoto In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

I too live and work in Texas (North Dallas). Since I moved here in 1995, I have never seen road conditions bad enough to keep me home. To be fair, I did spend 13 years driving in Germany, Austria, and Denmark, so I am used to driving in winter conditions. Yes, the roads here get a bit icy from time to time, but drivable as long as one plans ahead and leaves early enough from home to account for the conditions. If I ever found the road conditions such that I did not feel I could drive in safely, I would definitely stay home (my life, my responsibility)! If at all possible, I would suggest making an attempt to speak to your supervisor to see if an alternate work solution could be worked out for such instances. Some of the previous posts mentioned telecommuting, or coming in to work at a later time, all good ideas if possible. Otherwise, take a vacation day, personal day, or unpaid day off. Before these winter conditions arrive, plan an alternate route to work that has the most level terrain, the fewest bridges, the the fewest roads where they water the streets (Too many businesses in Dallas do not adjust their sprinkler systems and end up watering the streets all year long, yes in the winter too. Maybe they are hoping tor wider roads...) I also cary a bag of sand or kitty litter to spread under my tires if I need a bit of extra traction in a pinch (obviously not while actively driving). Lastly, the AAA and some insurance companies have printed winter driving tips, see if you can get a copy and read over the suggestions.

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inclement weather policy

by radiospanky In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

If you read the policy, it probably stated that you are expected to show up for work but at a later time in the day. This is usually done so that you can SLOW DOWN when you are driving and get to work in one piece. I live in Arkansas so I know about the ice on roads. My company has no inclement weather policy at all. Rain hail sleet ice, it does not matter you will be there at your scheduled time or you are automatically fired. So the choice is basically up to you, do you want to get paid or do you want to sit at home. The choice is yours.

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Stay home!

by gbarry In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

I once worked for a company that had a similar snow day policy. This company was in western Maryland which gets about 3 or 4 good snow storms during the winter. We would hear on the radio that the area schools had closed for the day because the school busses couldn't get out, but yet they would remain open. Once we had a bad ice storm which made even the interstates nearly impassable, and they still remained open.

My suggestion would be to stay home and take a vacation day. Or if you've used up your vacation time, call in and take the day without pay. It just isn't worth risking 'life and limb' for a job. Hopefully you can request to make up the time later when the weather improves.

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Be smart

by MDunigan62 In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

In this day of cut-throat competition, you can find many of these type of problems. You need to look for solutions, not just push the problems to the forefront. First, you need to make your first priority be your personal safety and your responsibility to your family. But that does not relieve you of your responsibility to your employer. They are paying you to do a job. You have to approach it from the point that you will get there, if at all possible. Part of your response gives a hint of a high-school kid looking for the day off of school. I doubt that was what you meant, but it did sound that way. So then with the expectation of getting to work, look for alternatives. (Alternative transportation, work at home, different place to live, different personal vehicle or different job.) Since you are in TX, you know that in the US we have lots of freedoms, but those freedoms come with responsiblity. I doubt that your employer will expect you to put your life on the line to get to work, but they will expect you to give them your best effort to be there and do your job. If you discuss the alternatives in advance, you will probably find an employer more than willing to work with you. If you don't find a willing employer look for another job. Remember, no one on their death bed was ever quoted as saying "I should have spent more time at the office".

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Commute in bad weather

by eric.gibson In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

I live Maryland and work in Northern Virginia. I think it doesn't matter where in the country you live (except for Buffalo, NY), NOBODY knows how to drive properly and safely in snow or ice.

Your company police reads like most, including my own, which says in essence, you have to use your own judgement in bad weather. You know your limits. No one is going to get fired for not coming to work on account of weather (within reason, of course). My company's policy states this, and if I were admonished by my supervisor because of this, I have a stong advocate in the personnel department.

Your policy states that it is up to you. Frankly, I think you're over-reacting.

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Are you kidding me?

by Rob Smura In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

Unless there is a "State of Emergency" in effect legally preventing you from being on the road, get your butt to work. It's called a job for a reason. Leave earlier, plan ahead, get yourself an SUV, do what you need to do. As your employer, I would not tolerate you being out simply because the roads are snowy or icy. You live in a Northern latitude you should know how to drive in snow. If you can't handle it, move South.

Sincerely,
Working for a living.

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Work to live better

by sauerb01 In reply to Are you kidding me?

I feel sorry for you to have such an attitude. The philosophy should be that I go to work to be able to live a better life. I don't live so I can work. Risking my life or health is not worth any amount of money I can make on a job. I have a family that depends on me for a lot more than money. If I were to be injured or killed because I felt an obligation to risk my health for a job than I would have been letting them down and THAT is much more important then letting my boss down by not being in the office on snowy or icy days.

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Just because you 'can', doesn't mean every else 'should'

by mdpetrel In reply to Are you kidding me?

There are many responses here today are doing the same thing that the original poster's co-workers did to him: make him feel like an inferior excuse for a human.

I beg you to stop that.

You're responses are all way off base.

This original poster feels a real danger in commuting during dangerous weather. Do not belittle him.

And especially do not use the excuse that you know people who look for any excuse to avoid work. This is erroneous reasoning. If there is a danger, do not challenge that there is a danger.

What this poster's co-workers did is exactly the same as the fictitious characters in the Robin Hood legend who bought the Sheriff of Nottingham's story that Robin was a criminal. Now they're all mimicking the bosses story that workers who don't have the daring to drive during dangerous weather are not up to par with other employees.

They're all too scared to voice out loud what is correct and safe; so they are chiming along with the boss in making the original poster feel less than human.

Don't fall for it.

And, for pete's sake, don't cop out and insist that we all have to 'suck it up', 'get over it', 'stop whining', etc.

We're all human beings here. Stop being mean, and start cooperating with one another.

Oh, and don't go in the direction of: "..well he's letting me down by not coming in when I did..". That's crap, and you're a mindless minion if you believe that.

Un-be-freaking-believable...

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Re Kidding

by vltiii In reply to Are you kidding me?

I suspect you wouldn't be an employer for very long. You clearly lack understanding about the human part of the whole job thing. You want machines working for you. Leaving earlier is not guarantee that the commute will be any safer. When one of your sheep gets into an accident trying to meet your demands do they get punished?

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24/7 Center Interview Questions

by PassingBy In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

Not so much directed to you as you're already employed here, but when interviewing for a job at a 24/7 operation, it's a good question to ask about what's expected during inclement weather.

At a 24/7 Center I worked at in the Northeast, it was made known during the interview process that no matter the weather, we were expected to be there. It was a help desk populated by mostly young college students who were contractors and didn't get paid if they took the day off. The offer was always available that during times of horrible ice and snow, they were more than welcome to spend the night in the center. There were plenty of places to sleep, showers available, breakfast, lunch and dinner was ordered in for them, so most took the offer as opposed to calling in that day and losing money. I only lived 10 minutes away so making it in wasn't a huge deal; I just left for work early and drove VERY VERY slow, avoiding the others barreling down the iceway at 65MPH.

As far as your situation, I think the clincher is the last line of that memo: "If you have any questions, please see your immediate supervisor."
Have you asked her/him? What was their response?

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