If the weather is horrible, would you risk life and limb to get to work?

@cher913 (25890)
Canada
February 14, 2007 7:29am CST
We are in the middle of a major snow storm and have gotton about 2 feet of snow and expect about 5 more today. I called into work this morning to say that I was not coming in (there is a 3 feet drift behind our vehicle and our survey is not plowed as is out whole side street not plowed!) Why do bosses make you feel guilty when the weather is not under your control? Would you risk your life to get to work???
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69 responses
14 Feb 07
If I could walk to work I would do it whatever the weather, but when the roads are really icy it takes ages to go anywhere anyway because of all the queues of traffic so there is no point going out. You can always work from home instead.
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@paulnet (748)
• India
15 Feb 07
if i have no compulsion then i would prefer staying at home.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I sure wouldn't. When I was working in a hospital years ago as a nurse they used to send people in 4 wheel-drive trucks to bring us in if we couldn't get there, but that's a different story. The staff there needed to be relieved and there were sick patients there. For most jobs, closing 1 day wouldn't be a big deal. It's better for the employees to be safe than to risk their lives trying to get to work. I would have done exactly what you did.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Absolutely not! My boss use to come and get me if I wasn't able to drive to work. Did he offer to come and get you?
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@red158 (333)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
I'm in Hamilton to, my boss has driven me to work and home again the last 2 days. I sent my bartender home at 9pm last night because the weather was getting so bad. Told the bartender there tonight to close early.
@mr_clo (28)
• United States
14 Feb 07
No, No and No!!! You jump into your car on your way to work to fight the crazy weather you get in an accident would ya boss have much sympathy for you then? most likey not, they are gonna want to know how long you will be in the hospital.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
14 Feb 07
LOL!! that is so true. they want to hook up a lap-top and a company phone in your room!!
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
If my work is just a walk away then I would take the chance of getting to work as possible. I am a very workaholic person and would do anything just to get to work on time but If my work is blocka away from my home and the only way of getting there is through travelling by car with a 2 feet high of snow then I might take a rest at my house. How can I go to work if theres to possible way of getting there? I won't risk my life getting to work if I can't even cross the street because of the storm. Your boss is really inconsiderate if he or she still insist that you must go to work behind that storm conditions.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Absolutely not. Luckily it doesn't snow where I live, but hurricanes are a huge threat. And also luckily I have a boss that is understanding. He will actually send me home early if he thinks the weather is turning 'undrivable'. Jobs can be a dime a dozen, life is not.
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@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Well if the company or whatever expected me to be there then yes I would risk it that is what they are paying you for I mean to work.
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Oh, I've done it. And that was stupid of me. As I look back from the viewpoint of a retiree, it really wasn't worth it.
• United States
14 Feb 07
Out here where I live the road dept does not know us till days after the storm. We live on a huge hill and have to drive an hour to get to town up and down hills that are very scary when it is slick. So if I slip and slide I go back home and if I lose money or a job so be it I cannot get another life. No job is worth a life.
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• Canada
14 Feb 07
I remember those working days well. I am also from Hamilton and am thankful that I'm now retired, with no need to try to dig my way out. There were many times that I traveled to work in such conditions, but it was very dangerous. I had a number of near-miss auto accidents, got stuck in snow banks and had flat tires from trying to get out of huge drifts. I don't blame you at all for staying home. Today, it is just awful out there. Bosses love to make you feel guilty - ignore it! Your life and those of your loved ones are far more important than what any one person thinks.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
14 Feb 07
We don't handle the weather all that well here and most places close for the days when it gets bad so that probably wouldn't be a probelm here. I had a friend once who lived for a while in Buffalo, New York. She told me that they rarely got time off for anything weather related even though it often got terrible BUT they had the capability to clean things up really fast which we do not have here (outside Philly. So I guess it's a fairly relative situation.
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@smacksman (6074)
14 Feb 07
I would think if public transport was still running then as a boss I would think it reasonable to expect employees to try to get to work. However, in your case, if the forecast is for the weather to seriously deteriorate then he should make arrangements for employees to be accomodated (at his cost) nearby if the ones who do make it in can't get home. Contrary to public opinion, very few people can work from home.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
Not for life or limb. I don't live anywhere near my work and wouldn't risk the trip. within reason, of course. The chances are the boss won't or didn't show up either. That happened to me once, growing up in New Jersey. Out of about a 30 person office I showed up while one other person was there. It looked like another set of tracks or two in the snow but the boss never showed. We hung around for about 15 minutes and no one else came. The doors were locked, the lights were off, so we left. Never again.
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@itgalary (633)
14 Feb 07
No i will not goto work in such a situation. Its true that no one will take care of you if something happen.
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@cf44867 (42)
• United States
14 Feb 07
This morning I called into work and told the supervisor that I wouldn't be able to make it in to work. Well, she said she would call me right back. When she did she let me know that someone in a 4x4 would come get me. Well, they did and then.....When we got to work after a few minutes I was called to the office and informed there was no one to take me home!! They gave me the "option" of contacting someone to get me right away. I called my mom and dad and they came and got me asap and brought me home. I was not at all happy! It really upset me that they insisted that I would have a ride to and from work and then once they got me there basically told me I was stuck there.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
Wow, thats horrible. I am glad that you made it home ok!
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I definitely wont risk my life just to go at work because we are not living just to work but we are working to live. If you are going to risk your life just to attend your work you are reversing the above saying but there are some job that really have you agree to risk your life first like police men , firemen, reporters and alike.
@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
15 Feb 07
I have never been in a snow storm, so I can only say about my worst weather experience, a severe storm that caused a lot of floods where I live. I left my house, drove about 7 kilometers, under heavy rain. I was scared, my mother was scared (I lived with my parents then). Bosses do it, because they are, in general, big pieces of stupid crap that have not enough brain to think two hours ahead and make decent planing. I will never risk my life again for a boss, I work for myself, have my sites, they are giving a better income each month.
@skb369 (285)
• India
15 Feb 07
we had a serious downpour yesterday and that made me wonder if going to college was such a good idea. compared to your weather problems,mine now seem a walk in the park! here where i live theres no snow,just the two extremes of really hot and really cold(without the snow). so there's no danger of the weather making things life threatning on any account..well except mebbe the severe heat stroke we get here when the temperature reaches close to 50 degree celsius and venturing out in the sun is a sure shot way of getting a heat stroke. whatever the work,it is not more important than my own personal safety. i would rather sit it out at home than risk my well being by venturing out in dangerous conditions.
• United States
15 Feb 07
With that much snow and more on the way, I wouldn't, but I live in NC and we don't get that much snow. Most of the time we get 2 to 6 inches max and I will venture out into it to go to work. I'm in security and I "must" be here at all cost, if it's possible.
• United States
15 Feb 07
no i would call in sick depending on how bad it is and if they fire me oh well bwcause i would rather be safe and not risking my life sliding around on the roads than going to work