Dear Evil Skippy:
This week, my employer closed our office for the day due to snow. It was the day when I telecommute every week. My boss said I should do my regular work even though 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. He basically told me life’s not fair and that was that. 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.
Then, send a bunch of “urgent” work emails to your co-workers so they are buried with projects when they return to the office.
— 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 (except to employees but what do they know?)
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 when it isn’t snowing. Snow days are just once in a while, but you get to telecommute every week. You win.
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