I have worked with many companies that aren’t really sure when to close the office due to a snow day. Forecasts are imperfect for sure, but here are some following experiences where they might wanted to have investigated further. All of these happened when there was a winter advisory and usually when the state declared a state of emergency.
- Came in to work because there was no notification of a snow day. I was the only one there. In the next hour only 3 other people showed up. An hour later, the office was closed. The HR person apologized and “didn’t believe it was going to be this bad.” One of my coworkers at the time explained how her car slide and did a 360 in the parking lot.
- Driving to work the weather was just terrible. Lots of snow on the ground and when I switched lanes, the work vehicle I was given slid into the side of the road and almost went off into the median. I called my boss and said I’m taking a vacation day and went back home. Less than an hour later the office was closed and I still had a vacation day charged to me.
- A hurricane was forecast to come in the same day the board was meeting. Rather than change the board meeting, they had it during the day a hurricane was happening. Almost everyone was remote that day but some people who lived close, and it was crazy they were traveling as well. I was put up at a hotel across the street to support this. So in gusting winds that were knocking things over, I had to walk to work from my rented hotel room.
- The weather was bad and it was -20. I was at work and my boss told me to finish something and then go home. When I finished I was the only car in the parking lot and buried under a ton of snow. Fortunately I was able to drive out but it was just crazy that I was told to finish something before I could leave. If there is an issue of safety, things can wait.
I am not complaining about these experiences, but rather sharing them to show that erring on the side of caution is better than trying to get the last bit of work out of someone.