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Go to work during bad weather?

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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Totally Agree

by ND_IT In reply to Exactly

We probably average between 15 and 20 inches of snow where I live each year, and I don't own a SUV or a 4 X 4, my front wheel drive car does just fine. People just naturally assume that you need one to drive through a inch of snow. They usually do a pretty good job of clearing off the streets and sanding them, but there is still ice. Sometimes, you won't be able to see the street for weeks if it doesn't get to be around freezing. The biggest thing is space. Making sure you have enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. I really hate when someone is right on my back bumper when it is glare ice on the streets, but then again, it would be their fault if there was an accident. People just need to use common sense. If there was too much snow for me to drive, I would take my snowmobile. It's a **** of a lot cheaper and cost effective than a SUV or big 4 x 4.

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Safety first

by Bagmaster50 In reply to Go to work during bad wea ...

I love reading all the responces that say "go to work no matter what". I've worked in numerous states for different companies with different weather policies. First and foremost they have put safety first, even when I worked for the South Carolina prison system as a Correctional Officer. I've driven on snow and ice and it's not pretty to see how many drivers are out there that can't follow basic safe driving pratices for bad weather.

I've driven in Texas during bad ice storms around the Ft. Worth area that even made my hair stand on end and I make a point that any time I can get into an empty iced over parking lot to practice my driving skills, I do.

Too many companies are nothing but profit driven now-a-days and that is what drives thier weather policies.

If you work for a company in a southern state that also has locations in the northern states that have unions, check the union contracts concerning bad weather. This saved my butt 1 time in Virginia when a freak blizzard forced the local agenices to mandate a driving curfue for 3 days. We got paid for it.

Ther have been times I've made it 20 miles to work through bad weather and other times I haven't and had to turn around and go back home but I've nver lost a job by not showing up for work in bad weather.

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My suggestion: move to southern California

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

Quit being a wuss and move if you can't hack it. They're running a business, get over yourself.

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You couldn't pay me enough...

by ND_IT In reply to My suggestion: move to so ...

To live in SoCal

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agreed

by apotheon In reply to You couldn't pay me enoug ...

I moved to Florida from SoCal. My plan is to never live in California again (any part of it). There's a lot that's good about California, but there's more that's completely screwed up about it.

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Re: Move

by vltiii In reply to My suggestion: move to so ...

Souther California is full, thanks :)

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Kids now days

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

You have got to be kidding me! I live in Minnesota and we get Ice, Snow and slush and I STILL make it to work every day. Leave earlier, drive slower and let the idiots slide in to the ditches. You are just looking for and excuse to stay home. If you get fired for not making it to work don't blame the policy.

Texas winters? You have to be kidding me.

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I concur completely.

by tom In reply to Kids now days

Wah wah wah, is all I read. Is he selling that whine or just drinking it all himself???

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Back in my day ;o)

by ProtiusX In reply to Kids now days

Why back in my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In winter, we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction. We didn't have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you'd weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because our allowances were way too small, so we'd use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they were taped to the record player arm so that we couldn't adjust our skates, which didn't really matter because those crummy metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in those days roads had real pebbles on them, not like today. In my day, we didn't have rocks either. We had to go down to the creek and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads. In my day we didn't have fancy health-food restaurants. Every day we ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts with lots of potatoes. In my day, we didn't have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated. In my day, we didn't get that disembodied, slightly ticked-off voice saying 'Doors closing.' We got on the train, the doors closed, and if your hand was sticking out, it scraped along the tunnel all the way to the next station and it was a bloody stump at the end. But the base fare was only a dollar. In my day, we didn't have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Kids today think the world revolves around them. In my day, the sun revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the back of a giant tortoise. Back in my day, '60 Minutes' wasn't just a bunch of gray-haired, liberal 80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray-haired, liberal 60-year-old guys. In my day, we didn't have virtual reality. If a one-eyed razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him. Back in my day, they hadn't invented electricity. We had to watch television by candlelight. In my day, we didn't have Strom Thurmond. Oh, wait. Yes we did. It?s the way it was AND YOU LIKED IT! ;o)

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by tom In reply to Back in my day ;o)

that was friggin hillarious! awesome, I'm gonna forward that one on, thanks!

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