When you wake up with a high fever, the decision to stay home from work is an easy one. Common sense will tell you that your fever means you are highly contagious and you have no business being around coworkers. However, making the call about a snow day is not always as easy. Snow days in the business world can be tricky, especially for early career candidates. Early career candidates are used to being told by their schools when class is canceled, giving them the freedom to spend the day however they choose. However, your boss is not there to hold your hand about snow days. Very rarely will you receive a phone call from a boss encouraging you to stay at home for a snow day. So how should early career candidates handle these impending snow days?
Navigating Business on Snow Days
Here are some steps early career candidates can take to help handle snow days:
- Discuss inclement weather protocol– When you first begin a job, add inclement weather under vacation and insurance questions to ask your new employer. Ask how they handle snow days and if a system is used for poor weather. Some jobs allow staff to work from home while others prefer their staff in the office.
- Watch the news– Maryland is known for its unpredictable weather patterns, especially during the winter months. It is important to watch the weather reports on the news to learn about possible storms.
- Be aware of the drive– Poor traffic and road conditions can be a realistic cause of tardiness, but can often times be avoided. If snow is in the forecast, be sure to allow yourself extra time to travel to the office. Common sense will tell you that snow has a way of turning your twenty minute commute into an hour long commute.
- Know when to stay home– Most employers will know the difference between a lazy employee and a cautious employee. In certain situations, like a state of emergency, employers will understand the need for staff to stay home. Use your better judgment when making the call and have an open line of communication with your management.