It's getting to that time of year again, when snow/ice causes chaos on our roads and confusion in the workplace!
I'm attempting to bring together a sensible process that makes it clear on what to do when there is snow on the road, the forecast is not looking good and a decision has to be made.
My organisation has a main HQ, a satellite office and several outposts, spread across the County. As such, it's not a simple matter to say if staff should be attempting to get to work or not, because conditions can be markedly different at each site. To give it some context, I will add that my organisation is not in manufacturing or the like, so the pressures of meeting strict targets is not really applicable.
I'm all for the local managers to be able to make the call for their particular site - assessing how dangerous access may be, what the roads are like and being the manager they will have a good grasp of any existing work priorities. In addition, as we are able to log onto our intranet from any of the offices, I would expect staff to be able to head for their nearest accessible site if conditions are expected to be bad.
It has been suggested that we simply follow the decisions made by local schools - if they are closed, then so are we.
The advice to only travel if you need to is not really clear - some could argue that means yes you can drive to work because 'you need to'. Others will argue that they shouldn't drive to work because they hear it as only drive if its essential..
Would appreciate any feedback on what triggers you use to help in deciding if staff should come in or not?