How to Manage Your Staff Regarding Snow Days

snowmanIf you feel like a little kid when it’s a snow day, raise your hand!

Sure, you can probably work from home, avoid a treacherous commute and enjoy the comfort of your couch. Can you deflect agita though from a boss who may think you and the team are taking advantage?

When it comes to managing snow days, it becomes a completely different story. Imagine leading a team who wants to bail every time meteorologists predict snow. According to today’s New York Post, there are ways to handle the situation so it doesn’t get out of hand.

The key is first ensuring your safety is not at risk and also making sure your kids will be adequately supervised if their schools are closed. 

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes:

“I can’t tell you how many calls HR gets as soon as there is the threat of inclement weather: “OMG, what are we going to do? Are we closing early? Will the company be open? What are we telling employees?” Come on, it’s snow — not the apocalypse.”

The solution is simple. He recommends employees stay in close contact with their bosses. If you can get into the office within a reasonable amount of time without risking your life, he suggests going for it. This also means you should head into work as long as you won’t have to leave your kids unattended due to school closings.

He adds, “Otherwise, stay home, and do what work you can from home.”