If you haven’t heard, it’s snowing a lot today in the Northeast. My constant interest in the weather, and the fact that I’m up early, has sort of led to me becoming the guy who makes the decision on whether or not to close the warehouse for the day. It wasn’t a very difficult decision today. The timing of this storm essentially makes for the worst-case scenario of bad commutes both ways. Plus all of the schools were closed too, which always solidifies my decision if I’m on the fence.
Still, when I turned on the news and looked at the traffic cams, the highways were jam packed because the majority of workplaces are attempting to conduct business as usual. Considering that most jobs are non-essential, and that there’s an inherit danger involved in driving in this weather, and that most people will spend more time in the car than they will at work because 30 minute commutes will take two hours, and that most people can do some or all of their work from home…well the whole thing just seems archaic and stupid to me. There will be people who get in accidents today, get stranded in the cold, get injured (or worse), all because they had to go to work.
Seriously people, if you’re not a police officer or a doctor, stay home. If you run a company or have enough influence to make decisions about this kind of stuff, make your employees stay home. Live to fight another day. Even in the worst of winters there are at most a handful of these days around here. It’s not worth risking your life for a snow storm that will cleaned up by tomorrow. Also – it’s not like you’re going to get much work done when everyone spends the majority of their day cleaning their car and driving 10 MPH in a foul mood.
I couldn’t live with myself if one of my partners or one of my employees got in to an accident because I prioritized shipping some car cleaning products over their safety. And even if we did go in today and were able to ship out our orders, there’s no guarantee that they would go anywhere further than our local FedEx depot today. They’ll probably be delivered just as fast if they ship out tomorrow. On their site it says:
Unavoidable service delays should be expected due to local road conditions and in areas that have issued a state of emergency. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and contractors. FedEx is committed to providing service to the best of our ability in areas that can be safely accessed and where conditions have improved.
Most commerce slows down on days like these anyways, so why not just give your employees the day off, kick back and enjoy the snow day, and get back to work tomorrow?