What do I do with this? Work and Severe Weather

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

What’s so special about him that he can drive in that horrific weather? 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

can you take a day off tomorrow? it might be best in this situation if you stayed home. 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@mchitt329:  Ugh, sticky situation.

Are you on good terms with your boss? If you can be frank, then let her know that it’s not your driving that’s the problem, it’s obviously the weather that affects everyone similarly. Can you telecommute? 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mchitt329:  I’m so sorry!  she put you in a tough place.  that’a so unprofessional of her!  your life and safety are definitely worth a fight with your boss though.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I really think this is breaking some type of professional..codes..laws? I don’t know. I could understand her offering, but her husband isn’t apart of the company, I am assuming?

Don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with. I would reply, “If the weather is in the same conditions it was this morning, I am not comfortable driving myself or with your husband driving.”

 

I wouldn’t be comfortable being on the roads or being in a vehicle with a man I didn’t know well.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@mchitt329:  My office is like this too – We’re on Lake Ontario, also getting the storm, they’re calling for a windchilll of -41 tomorrow (C/F same thing at that temp).  If I said I couldn’t get to work because of weather my boss would offer to come pick me up in his jeep.  

I would refer to what your local police are saying.  If roads are closed, I would tell her that you’re not comfortable heading in when you can’t be sure that roads will be open to get you home later in the day.  If the police are asking people to stay off the roads unless it’s an emergency that would be your excuse

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Can you check voice mails from outside the office?  Can then you can call in periodically and check for messages, it might calm her down. 

If you can’t I’d ask to make sure the insurance on the truck is paid up to date, will he also be picking you up to take you home at your usual time?  I swear I would just call out.  Work just ain’t worth dying to get to… or home from. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well, I can see both sides of this. On the one hand, my mom’s old office used to do something like this. There was one person who had a giant four wheel drive Jeep and that woman would go around and pick up co-workers who couldn’t make it into work. So this is not some insane notion you boss just made up. However, in those cases the problem was getting through snow and the big vehicle helped. But I can understand your reasoning that the problem isn’t the vehicle. I guess it comes down to how concerned you really are about your safety if you drive with the boss’s husband. I would think that if you go slow enough, the limited visbility would be okay. I mean, if he makes it to your house, then some level of driving is clearly possible. But if it’s truly white out and you can’t see ten feet in front of the car, then I’d just be honest that you aren’t comfortable driving or riding in these conditions.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@mchitt329:  Just tell your boss that you will be checking the weather forecast, and if it seems to be getting better, you will come in and you are happy to drive yourself. Then say, if the weather still looks to be dangerous, I think its best if we all stay home.

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