Love them, hate them, snow days are here. Unless you live close enough to the equator where you never experience them, in that case, good for you, enjoy the sun, you can skip this. For the rest of us snow days can put a damper on our work day, it can effect the rest of the week.
If you work in an office there is always that decision, is it a snow day? Calling a snow day is difficult. No one wants to lose a day of work, a day of revenue, a day of productivity. On the other hand, no one wants to be responsible for accidents and putting people on dangerous roads. If you’re a contract employee snow days can stink because you may only get paid for days you are at work and snow days aren’t covered. Some companies have work from home policies on snow days, and that can help alleviate some stresses.
Often forgotten is that everyone has a family to think about. If they have kids, a partner, parents, or other family members that depend on them, there is a lot to do.
You don’t just get to snuggle up and drink cocoa by the fire, or go play in the snow like you did when you were a kid.
When you work from home, the joke is you don’t get snow days, because you’re already at work. In truth it can become a much harder day for you. If you have kids you may have them at home with you while you work. You need to make sure your driveway is clear. You need to keep your driveway clear. You need to be ready for people coming home. You need to work as if it were any other day too.
Here are some things to remember when working from home and a snow day hits
OK, once you have your work done, your family taken care of, your driveway clear, now it’s time to snuggle up with hot cocoa. You can catch up and help your clients catch up as the week goes on.