It’s 8am on a Thursday and what’s normally a busy intersection at this time of day is nearly empty, covered in white. My name is Mike Arnesen, and I’m one of the survivors of the PDX Snowpocalypse.
I have no big insights to share today. No witty commentary (is my commentary ever that witty, though?). I’m just feeling appreciative that I don’t have to leave the house to go to work today. And I didn’t yesterday. I work from home, everyday.
Every time it snows here, everyone piles into Fred Meyer to start hording bread and milk, traffic goes to hell, people abandon their cars on the side of the road, and eventually the entire city shuts down. Dies a slow, cold death.
I get that certain things need to happen, regardless of weather conditions. But, if you run a business where folks could work from home for a day or two (and still be perfectly productive) and you still require that people send 90 minutes riding the Snowpocalypse bumper cars, shame on you.
And another thing! Dozens of school children were stuck at school until 6 and 7 PM last night because of the snow. One bus full of kids even slid down a hill and creamed a truck (the bus is still there, BTW). Why are kids even going to school? Oh yeah, probably because school needs to serve as daycare for parents who are still required to go to work and don’t have the luxury of choosing not to. That sucks and I’m sorry.
Wow. This post got way rantier than I thought it would.
Anyway, if you’re a person in a position of power who could have okayed your team/workers/employees to work from home but didn’t, please read Remote. Great! Thanks for being open minded about all this. 😀
P.S. If anyone is following my blog closely enough to see this before 2016-12-25, I’ll buy a copy of Remote for the first person who comments here and asks for it.