How do you handle a snow day?

should-employees-drive-in-snow.jpgSome areas of the country are covered in snow drifts taller than some small cars. If you were hit by Nemo or Storm Q this year, your business probably faced a dilemma – do we give employees the day off?

Depending on the nature of what you do, that question is easier for some than others.

If your employees work at a desk and manage workflow through email, there’s not a problem with working from home.

But, if your employees are behind the wheel or working outside – there’s no way they can get the job done (safely) when show falls heavily.

Leadership in spite of the snow

You are the only one who can make the right call on how to manage employees in the midst of a snowstorm. But, in the interest of providing advice – here are some leadership principles to remember as you make the call:

  1. Communication of Expectations is KEY.If employees need to attempt to drive into work – make sure you communicate why. (Tip – in this case, it is NOT because the customers come first.) Use the opportunity to boost morale. If employees will be working from home, clearly communicate expectations in an email of what they need to get done while away from the office.
  2. Understand Liability Laws.
    Make sure you understand liability laws before you mandate that employees come to work in the snow. Just to cover your bases.
  3. Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated.
    The Golden Rule applies to CEOs and managers, too. Would you get out in the weather? Would you want to risk it? Would you understand your reasoning for staying open or closed? Lead by example and put yourself in the shoes of your team when making decisions.
  4. Put Safety First.
    In all cases – for your clients AND your team – put safety first. Do what is in the best interest of allowing everyone to stay safe.

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