Post # 1
Ok so it’s the end of the year. I have like 5 hours or so of PTO that have to get me to Jan. 1st. I get some days off for holidays but my own time off is basically spent for the year. If things were normal I would be fine with those few hours til the end of the month, but I live not so close to my job and there is a snow storm predicted for thursday and friday. Im going to have to come in and it’s one of my biggest fears to drive in snow storms. I have been in one accident in my life and it was when I hit a curb in a big snow storm. So I was traumatized. So now here I am, so close to being able to just take off of work for a storm, but nooooooo! stupid snow has to be all dumb and come this week! Im not happy. And im nervous about driving. Like really nervous. damn you snow storm!!! damn you!!*shakes fist*
Post # 3
@stardustintheeyes: Please don’t send it to Jersey! I have no more PTO left. Hahahah. I’m the same as you when it comes to driving in the snow. DH already told me I wouldn’t be allowed to in my new car though.
I hope it’s not too bad for you and you’re able to drive safe!
ETA: I am looking at the snow storm now. Wow, didn’t even realize! Please be careful.
Post # 4
@Rouquine: see?! 🙁 it even looks scary to outsiders!!! i swear I’ll just creep here. Ill take two hours to drive to work when normally it takes me 30 min at most.
What makes this so bad is that honestly, there is no nice commute for me when it comes to getting to my job location. my choices are as follows:
I can take lake shore drive, which normally is not a bad drive and it lets off right by my house, but in a snow storm it’s not exactly wise to drive on the lake shore because of lake effect snow, it’s always worse up against the lake, I know this because I live by the lakefront and it blows! we always get more than other areas.
I can take the dan ryan, that highway runs right through the heart of chicago and is a pain simply because it runs through the city instead of on the outskirts or completely around. Its a veyr highly traveled highway *on the upside, since it is highly traveled, it’s normally always well taken care of during storms. they plow it almost immediately and the traffic itself keeps the road pretty clear, even if it is slick.
I can take some main streets and stay off the high ways but even that is risky since I know they don’t plow as quickly and let’s face it, my accident was on a side street. There is way more stop and go and that can mean more chances for sliding and stuff. Not to mention it will take me forever and a day to get to work if I do this.
Chicago people will get it best obviously but dearsweetbabyjesus!!! im so scared! 🙁
Post # 5
@stardustintheeyes: I would most definitely stick to major highways and taking your time driving. Safety first. I wouldn’t even worry if I showed up to work late. Is there someone you could car pool with?
Post # 6
@stardustintheeyes: I know how you feel. I refuse to drive in the snow and if my car even slips a little bit on the road I freak out!!!! I will usually end up taking the bus to work if I knwo there might be snow but I know for some peolple that option is not there. Hopefully the weather people are wrong!
Post # 7
Don’t worry!! I think it’s going to be okay, I really do. I think this is one of the hype storms that never hits, or doesn’t hit like they say it will.
Good luck!!! (And I’d take the Dan Ryan or LSD!)
Post # 8
Any way you can take public transit that day? Depending on where you work maybe CTA or a metra train that gets you close enough? Even if it’s a longer ride or needs transfers it might be less stressful to you.
Would your boss let you come in or leave early to avoid the works of rush hour traffic? Even if you skip lunch or stay late a different day?
Personally I avoid 90/94 like its the plauge, even on a clear day. I mean when it’s good it’s good, but the slightest sign of weather or one car pulled over and the traffice turns into a mess.
Post # 9
be safe!!! if its really really bad would they close your work?
Post # 10
I feel for you OP Minnesota got socked a week ago and it sucked driving into work. I worked from home the past few years and forgot how crappy the roads get when we have a winter storm. My normal commute last week on Monday and Tuesday took over an hour when normally even in bad rush hour would tops take 45 min. Normally takes me about 25 min to get here.
Post # 11
OP, I feel ya. I have a 45 min. drive on a NORMAL day. Thursday is going to suck. Boooooooooooo.
Post # 12
Much better to show up late than risk your safety.
Actually I’m the kind of person that, if I don’t think I can find a way to make a safe commute in, I won’t come in, figure out the ramifications later. I’d be super apologetic, try to work from home, definitely suggest the time off be unpaid, etc., but I’m not dying for my job.
Post # 13
there have been very few times that I DIDN’T drive in a storm. The company I work for only closes in states of emergency declared by the govenor, and you are expected to show up; if you don’t it’s PTO or unpaid. You gotta do what you gotta do.
In our company the people that live a few miles away are always the ones that don’t show up, and those with longer commutes are the one’s that do…just different work ethics I guess.
Post # 14
@Rouquine: FI said the same thing. He said sticking to the major highways was good thinkin because they plow there first and maintain it better, plus the high flow of traffic keeps most of it from truly sticking.
@MrsJX3: I kind of think so too. Just from yesterday until today the reports have changed on what we should expect.
@Kit_Kath: My job location doesn’t allow for public transit. There is virtually no way to get here that way, and if there is, it would be a ridiculous amount of transferring and in the end wouldnt’ really be worth it 🙁
@bostongirl27: we are government and even if they close they will do it while we are already here. They rarely even do that though.
@Sassygrn: thats how it would be for me! for the past few years I worked at a location that was 10 min from home, so traveling was pretty easy. Now im not close at all and its just not easily accessible.
@MadTownGirl: yuck! what a long commute! I hate driving 🙁
@joya_aspera: I can take unpaid time off. And I can be late. I would sooner be late than to take unpaid leave. Thats what we call a code ten and its like a kiss of death on any future promotions. If you are ever up for a promotion and they see a code ten in your history, generally speaking, the department that was considering you will most likely pass you up because it shows a poor use of PTO. Granted at this time of year it wouldn’t be horrible given that its not like its august and im out of time already. But even so It’s not really an option in my mind. But coming in as late as necessary to get here safely is definitely doable.
@dkacerek: thats how we are. We don’t ever actually close. we have had one snow day the entire time I have been here (7years) and that was literally a blizzard. a bad one. and even then it was only one day because it was virtually impossible to do anything when that storm hit. And even then, the skeleton crew had to come here because there has to be people to run the facility at all times, no ifs ands or buts.
Post # 15
@stardustintheeyes: will your work put you up in a hotel nearby? many companies do that–I would at least ask if you’re not sure.
Post # 16
@phillybride61513: no way lol. I wish! it’s either your expected to be here or you use PTO. And really there is no work from home option either. It’s pretty essential the job that I actually physically be here and I know they wouldn’t pay for me to stay close. Granted, I did think of possibly staying at my step grandparents house if it gets too bad to drive home. Im going to bring a bag with me and if it’s gettin gnarly im going to just go to their house. Their house is about a 5 min drive away from my job. So if all else fails im going there.