I would like to review with you the Winter Weather Policy at the company where I work.... you may know it as "Con-Glom-O"...... I just want to run this by you to make sure I'm not the only one who is left scratching their head in bewilderment.
See, there are two types of time off: Planned and Unplanned. Planned time is your regular good ol' vacation time to use as you see fit. Unplanned time is very tricky.... it's whenever you don't show up for any reason without prior approval. And you only get 4 of these "occurances" per calendar year or else you are subject to disciplinary action and eventually termination. In other words, do not THINK about getting sick, injured, or your kids getting sick or injured more than 4 times per year or else you'll be in deep doo-doo.
The Winter Weather Policy goes like this: In the event of a winter weather situation, you are expected to show up for work or else it counts against you as UNPLANNED time (and remember! You only get four!). With one exception. If you feel that the roads are too dangerous for you to be out driving around, and you make an honest effort to get to work, meaning you ACTUALLY SHOW UP IN THE DOORWAY at the office, you are then free to turn around and go right back home and not have it count as an Unplanned absence. This proves to them that you actually "tried."
Let me ask you this. If I were really worried about traveling on the roads in dangerous conditions, WHY IN THE WORLD would I go all the way to work, just to turn around and come back again, thereby DOUBLING the length of my trip????
DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYBODY? If I am scared to leave my driveway because there is 27 inches of snow on the ground (and believe me, this has happened) WHY WHY WHY would I even bother to go to work at all??? They infuriate me to no end. This is how they get you coming and going. You can either risk your neck trying to get there in the name of making an "Effort", or you can safely stay home and have it count AGAINST you as unplanned time and hope to GOD it does not snow more than 4 times in the winter. (and I only live in New Hampshire so it would be silly to think it might snow more than 4 times..... do you sense the sarcasm dripping here??)
This says to me that if I try to go to work one morning at 5:45am and the roads are icy and I (and my unborn baby) go sailing off a bridge in a slippery accident, thereby not making it to work, they would say I did not actually TRY and it would count as unplanned against me. Because I didn't show up in person.
I hate them.