Today in Atlanta, we are having our first real snow since 2011. It’s sticking to the roads and it looks beautiful.
We’re also having some of the worst traffic imaginable, mostly because every work place let out at the same time, about 1pm. The main problem here being that, normally, traffic is staggered between 4:30pm and 6:30pm and today, well, there was no staggering.
Yes, despite weather forecasts from 3 days out, and flurries with below freezing temperatures starting at 9am throughout the metro area, all of that red was unable to plan ahead for traffic.
It’s About Work
I work in technology and work remotely several days a week already, and so I don’t understand why people don’t work remotely when it rains, snows, or is extremely cold. But mostly, on a day like today, where dangerous conditions were expected around 1pm, what were employees and employers thinking? Here’s about how much work was accomplished today:
- 8:30am, arrive at office
- 8:30-9:00am brew coffee set up desk
- 9am-11am, work
- 11am-12pm “Look at the snow”
- 12pm “Let’s eat lunch”
- 12:30 “OMG Snowpocalypse, my kids are getting let out of school”
- 12:30-5:00 – Sitting in traffic because everybody else left at 1pm too.
It doesn’t have to be this way, employees can take sick days. Employers can get federal and state incentives for offering teleworking options. Teleworking can increase employee satisfaction and output.
Here is a Post by Fulton County schools where parents are complaining that they didn’t make the decision earlier, before busses got stuck in traffic and stuck in snow. These parents forget that they make the ultimate decision as to whether or not it is safe for their children to go to school any given day. These same parents obviously didn’t complain to their employers as they are to the school system because they are complaining about traffic as well.