Snow Day: Working from Home or Day Off?

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How are you enjoying this fine winter day?

  1. What winter weather?

    7 vote(s)
    21.9%
  2. Office Open: I made the trek in.

    13 vote(s)
    40.6%
  3. Office Open: I stayed home.

    7 vote(s)
    21.9%
  4. Office Closed: Working from home.

    5 vote(s)
    15.6%
  5. Office Closed: Enjoying Carrots by the fire.

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. tplyons

    tplyons

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    Madison, NJ
    Here in the northeast we have some pretty crazy winter weather and the local governments are urging people to stay off the roads. Most people I know have had their offices closed.

    On the other hand, I'm telecommuting. Working from a laptop and cell phone, I'm working as long as the power is working.


    How are you faring this fine winter day? Did you survive the trek into the office? Is your office closed? Are you working from home or snuggled up on the couch taking a nap and enjoying your free day off?
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Queens NY
    My office is closed, but I didn't find out till an hour after I got here. The roads weren't terrible from Queens to LI where I work. The other drivers on the road are another matter, but the roads were ok.
  3. Selta

    Selta

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    I generally make the trek in, but "snow days" happen out here when there's a single inch of snow on the ground. When I was in PA, I pretty much always made the trek in as well - I think once or twice I ended up working from home because the office was closed.
  4. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs

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    Wisconsin missed this one. In 35 years Full Compass has closed for snow one time, last year. I have stayed home a couple times in 8 years. We got maybe 2". Enough to close down Georgia, but hardly enough to slow down my morning commute.

    Not worth risking your life, or even your car. Wish more places embraced telecommuting. I'm guessing a lot of businesses just need to figure out how to prevent abuse.
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  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    It was -12 here in Fort Collins CO this AM...and has been snowing a bit for the last 36 hours after heavier snow last weekend. Some schools were delayed, but mostly we're just warming up the car and heading to work.
  7. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    Bucks Co, PA
    If my kids school is closed I have to work from home (single dad). My work is very supportive of my situation.
  8. mkandolf

    mkandolf

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    I live in Michigan. Record setting January for snow and cold. Didn't miss a day. You get used to these things. Dodging potholes is our Winter Olympic sport.
  9. tplyons

    tplyons

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    Awesome to hear that a company is supportive of single parents with flexible work arrangements.

    While I'm not a single dad, nor do I have any kids, it's pretty much the same reason I'm home. My team is made up of 8 people, four of which have small children in two career families. Since they're home, it doesn't make sense for the rest of the team that lives over an hour away each to make the trek, especially when the commute home typically takes 2-3 hours.
  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

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    Not that bad here in Chicago. 6 inches of snow over the past 24 hours, we're only expecting a little more.

    When we had crazy low wind chills last month (-40s F) for two days, everyone was encouraged to work from home and a couple of key department meetings were postponed.

    There have only been maybe 10 other days at most in my 10 years here where it got bad enough for these sorts of measures. Heavy snow isn't as much of a problem here, as the city is very well-equipped and mass transit makes things easier.
  11. DwaynieAD

    DwaynieAD

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    Amazon only closes on Christmas and New Years Day so that you may have your dildos, televisions, and diapers in a timely manor.
  12. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    I had three days in January where I couldn't make it to work as the police has closed the roads. Two days it was so bad that the snow plows were pulled off the road until visibility returned. There were places that plows couldn't get through and they had to bring in massive blowers.

    I can't work from home as my work has not given me a laptop or cell phone, even though I could work from anywhere on the earth if I had those two things

    lowsound
  13. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    We don't have those where I live.
  14. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    There have been several days this year (not today) when the police closed the roads. My company (GM) chose to violate that order and run, anyway. I chose to obey the law, so I stayed home. I would have worked from home, but I can't (yet) drive a tractor-semitrailer rig from my living room.
  15. Mike M.

    Mike M.

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    I'm also in Michigan. Can't believe the snow this year compared to other years lately. Can't quite remember, but it was either last winter or the winter before where I didn't have to use my snow shovel once. Just a few mild sweepings of snow off my front deck and that was it. This year I've got Mt. Everest in my front yard!

    Yes, the potholes especially in the spring. :rolleyes: About two years ago I hit one and the bang was so loud it actually gave me a headache. Bent my rim and blew a hole in my tire.
  16. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    I work from home everyday. I have no excuse when it snows.

    -Mike
  17. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    The office is technically open (2-hr delay) but it's 20 mi south and up here, it was a skating rink this morning. Some days I have to be onsite to do what I do, but today is not one of them - I'm writing a design paper from home.

    And a good thing too, because I had an ice-filled pine tree crash into the street and the road crews had bigger fish to fry. So rather than have a cop with his flashy lights sit in front of my house all day (I'm glad he had nothing more pressing to attend to - really - but I'd just as soon he go away...) I lit up My Chainsaw and got 20' of tree out of the road.

    I have branches down all over the yard... Not a happy day...
    And a garage-door spring broke last night, so I have that to deal with, as it is our primary entrance and egress... Unrelated to the weather, except in that 'when it rains, it pours' kind of sense...

    Oh - and in the process of typing this response the first time, the power went out for about 30 seconds. Normally, all the critical stuff in the house - all the computers, NAS drives, and network infrastructure - is on UPS. But of course the UPS for _this_ computer didn't wake up after the power outage from Monday's snow and has yet to be replaced, so I got to start over...

    That missing California snowpack? It's in my yard...
  18. marko138

    marko138

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    Perry County PA
    Fire up that drone, cuhh. I need a set of DR high beams NOW.
  19. marko138

    marko138

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    Perry County PA
    My office is open today but I took the day. Monday we were closed.
  20. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Supporting Member

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    Whitby Ontario
    I thought working from home WAS a day off....seriously, weather here in Toronto area is pretty bad today, I chose to telecommute.
  21. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    No days off here. The conditions here to actually make my city shut down need to be FAR worse than anywhere in the states.

    The most recent terrible blizzard was a few years ago where it was about -50C, visibility was maybe 5-10 feet, even worse once you got out of the city. The city did not shut down, schools did but only a handful of business shut down. Most people were expected at work, and most showed up.

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