The kids are in their jammies, jumping up and down while screaming in delight, “Snow day! School’s closed! YAY!” The babysitter calls to say she can’t get out of her driveway. When you look outside, you don’t even want to attempt getting to work. This has been a regular thing at my house. The kids are thrilled, but it puts mom and dad in a jam.
This is the time of year when Mother Nature throws us regular curve balls. Actually, I guess you could say they are snow balls, and it’s pretty if you don’t have to go anywhere! If you must get to work or be penalized, it isn’t pretty at all. When you have built some flexibility into your work schedule, you are in a better spot to deal with the problems that all this white stuff creates.
First, be like the school districts and build some “snow day” plans into your calendar. After the winter weather is long gone, you can use them for vacation if you didn’t need them during that blizzard. You know that there will be at least one time, and probably more, that you’ll wish you could just call in and say you are taking a snow day without creating havoc at work. Every job is different, and you might not be able to do this, but it sure works great when you can.
Second, utilize the same skills that are required in job sharing. If you have been communicating with your co-workers, documenting your progress on projects, and organizing your space at the end of the day, then you have made it easier for someone to keep going in your place temporarily if it is necessary. It really makes a difference if you aren’t ashamed to have someone peek into your office or cubicle. It also makes a difference if you have to explain where something is when they call you at home.
Third, appreciate the sudden break and spend some time with your family. These days will soon be gone, just like the snow outside. Be prepared for them and you can make some memories that last.
TARDINESS AT WORK
Taken from CareerBuilder.com
Tardiness at work -According to a recent CareerBuilder.com/USA Today survey that found 16 percent of workers arrive late to work at least once a week. The survey, conducted in the United States from February 15 to March 6, 2007, included responses from 6,823 employees in the private sector and 2,591 hiring managers and HR professionals with significant involvement in hiring decisions. Some of the findings:
-25% of employees admit to faking an excuse for their tardiness
-31% cited traffic was the top excuse for showing up late
-16% admitted falling back asleep
-8% had problems getting their kids on their way to school
-41% of men are less likely to be late, compared to 37% of women
-22% of men are less likely to fib about why they are late, compared to 28% of women
-44% of hiring managers say they don’t care if their employees are late as long as their work is completed on time and with good quality
-One in five stricter hiring managers would consider terminating an employee for arriving late two or three times in a given year
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Until next time,
Erin Kennedy, CPRW