- Meet business needs and obligations. In this economy, we have to meet client deadlines and expectations. Period. Even when it's snowing. If you don't, someone else will. All employees need to understand this.
- Allow employees flexibility with working arrangements when possible. It's not always possible too accommodate this one (especially in manufacturing and retail), but some employees can meet client expectations virtually or during nontraditional hours. For example, accountants may not have access to company at networks home, but may be able to work 6 am to 3 pm and still meet client and business objectives. Ask employees for their suggestions.
- Create policies that encourage the behavior that you expect and represent your culture. If you want employees to come to work, give them a little extra time to come in early or a little latitude for arriving late. Explain the business objectives that require employees to be at work. If your culture encourages individualism, allow employees to make the decision about when and if they come into work.
- Don't forget about safety! It's slick and wet - inside of your organization and out. Watch out for ice and pay attention to road conditions. Send employees home if the weather gets too dangerous and you can still meet your objectives.
- Finally, thank employees for their effort. Unexpected snowfall is stressful and can require a lot of planning, especially for parents and commuters. Acknowledge and thank employees who show up on time with a positive attitude.
Now, who is ready for summer?