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Old 03-05-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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IF there is a blizzard tomorrow and the Federal Government is closed will your employer make you come into your workplace anyway?

I am retired now but remember some huge snow storms but some really tough bosses made me and the rest of his team report to work doing basic office work (that could have waited till the next day after the roads were cleared). If some one did not show up for work they were written up and in a few cases fired.

Once I sat in traffic in blinding show for almost three hours and arrived at work late and the boss almost fired me. I told him I had been in a traffic jam for three hours trying to get to the office. He told me I should have left earlier.

I know some people can work from home but my bosses thought that was the easy way out and would not allow it.

So, If the is a blizzard tomorrow will you have to work at your workplace? (not at home) and why?
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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I once worked for a small company (not in NOVA) where the CEO would arrive late most every day but when a potentially big storm hit, he would "man up" and be virtually the first person to arrive if only to make a point.

I believe many companies follow the Federal Government's lead, whether or not they work with them. I would like to think that if there's a foot on the ground by tomorrow morning - or even six inches - that most managers would use common sense in allowing for (very) late arrivals or working from home or simply shutting down for the day. It will be interesting to see the responses here.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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99% chance the fed gov will not close down tomorrow--unless it's a ridiculous blizzard on the order of Snowmageddon. Otherwise, it'll be liberal-leave and liberal-telework.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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When I worked as a contractor for the federal government, we did not get snow days. If the government closed, we either had to come in or take leave. If the federal government was closed, we could not close and bill hours. This was before telework really took off so there really wasn't that option. If the storm was REALLY bad, I just took off. If it was medium, I would generally go in.

Now I work for the government but I am under a telework agreement so if the government does close down tomorrow, I am required to telework.

I agree with Carlingtonian, I don't think we will shut down in the morning unless the storm is way more intense than predicted. It really all depends on how Metrorail is running.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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IF there is a blizzard tomorrow....
Wow! So now the "snow" hysteria has started to call this storm a blizzard?
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Well we telecommute full time anyway so will be business as usual as long as the power doesn't go out. If that occurs we'll just probably take an impromptu vacation day. Both our bosses work from home in the Midwest so they understand.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Nah, I'll work from home. I have not yet worked at an office job in NOVA that wouldn't allow me to work from home when needed. Then again, I think I've always mentioned that as a preference when interviewing and would be unlikely to accept a position that wouldn't afford such flexibility. That said, I've been very fortunate to have the option to be so picky about my employment decisions.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Then again, I think I've always mentioned that as a preference when interviewing and would be unlikely to accept a position that wouldn't afford such flexibility. That said, I've been very fortunate to have the option to be so picky about my employment decisions.
Guess we should cross Yahoo off our list of potential employers.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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My company doesn't close - we're all virtual office (well, I sometimes go to my friend's house who owns the company to work and call that "going to the office" but she doesn't make me drive when the weather is bad). As long as I have power and an internet connection, I work. Which is going to suck if kiddo is home from school tomorrow. We have a BIG project this week and our client doesn't give a crap about some snowstorm that only affects a couple of our employees.

It would be lovely if I could actually ENJOY the snow day - downside of working from home with non-local clients.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Leesburg
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I remember back in the day here in Loudoun, we used to walk to work uphill in the snow. Both ways. THAT was a tough commute.
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