This week, my employer closed our office for two days due to snow. The second was on a day when I am approved for telecommuting. My boss said I should do my regular work on the telecommuting day even thought the office was not open. I told him that it is not fair that my co-workers got to take a day off without it counting as an absence while I had to work. Other than slapping him, what would you do?
— Feels Cheated
Dear Feels Cheated:
I’d tell my inner child to stop making snow angels and make my outer adult start working. You’re being a baby. Cinch up your robe, make some hot chocolate and do your job.
— Evil Skippy
The whole point of closing a workplace or school due to weather is safety, including the safety of people who would otherwise have to commute in dangerous conditions. It’s not a holiday or some sort of perk.
If it makes you feel better, some of your co-workers probably think it is unfair that you get to telecommute when they have to go into the office. Snow days are just once in a while, but you get to telecommute every week. You win.