Intern Insights: Surviving the Snowpocalypse…Professionally!

I doubt anyone would disagree that this winter has been rough. Those in the Philadelphia area have been so traumatized by the snow that most people don’t even want to hear the word said out loud.
In college when there is a lot of snow, you usually get a notification telling you that school is cancelled or that there is a delay.  However, in the work world this isn’t usually the way that it works. Sure, you might be told to work from home when the weather is severely bad, but most of the time you will be expected to get into the office.
So far during my time at Bravo I have experienced many days where inclement weather has challenged or even prevented me from getting into the office. Trying to figure out how to get to work in bad weather can sometimes be stressful. From dealing with the snow this winter, I have learned how to deal with the snow not only safely, but professionally.
Here are some tips I have learned to be professional during a snowpocalypse:
  1. Communicate with your supervisor.  Most likely if the weather is bad your boss will understand if you have some difficulty getting to work. If you are on your way to work and your car gets stuck, just give your boss a call letting him or her know what is going on.  They will appreciate you taking the time to let them know that you may be late.
  2. Ask others for help. If you are having a hard time reaching deadlines because you are out of the office due to snow, ask others at your company for help. If you are working somewhere like Bravo, which has several offices in different locations, you can ask someone who was able to get into their particular office to help you with your workload.
  3. Use your judgment.  You may get a message from your office saying, “Come in when you can.” This doesn’t mean that you should take the whole day off or sleep in until noon. However, it also doesn’t mean that you should drive as quickly to work as you normally do. This truly means to come in when possible. Every snowstorm is different and everyone’s ability to drive in the snow is different. Therefore, it’s important to use your judgment to determine the best way to get into the office safely.
  4. Snow days aren’t necessarily days off. If it is impossible for you to get into the office, your company may tell you to work from home. Therefore, you will be expected to do everything that you can from home.  Make sure that you are keeping up with your assigned work!
Overall, safety should be your biggest priority when facing inclement weather. However, using sound judgment and professionalism in bad weather can prove to your colleagues that you are a diligent and hard worker. Surviving the polar vortex at Bravo has unexpectedly taught me how to be professional in the snow. Hopefully we don’t have to deal with anymore snow until next year!
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Ashleen
Wayne Intern  
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