When the Weather Outside is Frightful
Saying we've had quite the winter so far in Pennsylvania (and I'm sure this applies to other states as well) is an understatement. It seems as if there is a new "snowicane" or "snowpocalypse" (nice terms, weathermen and women) every week.
I'm a February baby and I used to love winter. Winter includes Christmas, my birthday, and, of course, snow. It was fun to play in, and it got me out of school.
Now that I'm older, winter is increasingly becoming my least favorite season. I hate driving in it, I hate when it cancels plans and I really, really hate shoveling out my car.
I'm so sick of this winter, and I've let pretty much everyone know-including my ski enthusiast roommate, who at first told me to hush up, but is now agreeing with me.
I'm lucky, though, that I work for a company who lets me work from home when weather conditions make it dangerous to drive into work. I know that you laboratorians cannot do this.
I came across this article in The Washington Post on 11 nurses and five support staff members who got fired from Washington Hospital Center for not showing up to work during recent back-to-back snowstorms.
How would you respond in the situation? Would you stay home, knowing you could lose your job? Or would you risk your life to help save others if you needed to go into work during a snowstorm? What's your lab's policy on protocol during bad weather? Should these nurses have gotten fired for not making it into work?
Please share your comments, opinions and reactions!