By Eric B. Meyer
To my fellow East Coasters, I hope this post finds you safe and dry.
Me? Hey, thanks for asking. Our Philly home kept power throughout and we otherwise made it through unscathed.
Still, Philadelphia remains in a state of emergency. The City is essentially shut down. Most of the major surrounding highways have been off-limits. And, for a second day in a row, for the safety of the drivers and the riders, there is no public transportation in the City.
That means that local businesses too opted to close on Monday, and remain closed on Tuesday. Well, most of them.
To the chagrin of some employees affected by the hurricane, they had to work. And they have vented on Twitter.
(Insert obligatory Hurricane #Sandy and/or "do I have to go to school or work today" status here).
— Chris Schurz (@ChrisSchurz) October 29, 2012
Not happy to be working
Here’s what your employees tweeted about working (or, maybe, not so much) during Hurricane Sandy. [Don’t shoot the messenger]
Those employees who braved the storm to get to work on Monday; not so happy.
— Debbie (@IMACapsFan) October 29, 2012
I wouldn't brave walking to work on a regular day.. why is my office open and the MTA is closed? FOH #sandy
— Fvaral (@FVaral) October 29, 2012
Can't believe my office at 54th/Madison is open and they expect me to walk to work and then walk home at 5pm. WTF. #Sandy
— Rose Maguire (@rosiekswim) October 29, 2012
— Hannah Mason (@hmgoins) October 29, 2012
C'mon sandy, do some damage to michaels so I don't have to work today
— Chelsey Clark (@cclark_95) October 29, 2012
Making the best of it
Meanwhile, some turned lemons into lemonade…
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Others got nostalgic
Nothing better than waking up expecting to go to work and finding out the office is closed. #Sandy
— Michael Crane, Jr. (@MikesPickz) October 29, 2012
So Johnson and Johnson is closed for hurricane Sandy! It's like a school day but for work lol.
— Lucious Lyons (@McInnesWithNoG) October 29, 2012
One shared way too much information…
What is it about natural disasters and booze?
No work Monday & Tuesday because the NYSE and MTA/MNR closed. Reading, Gin and scrabble all day tomorrow. #sandy
— Liz Perreca (@Eperrecs) October 28, 2012
Well, I'm off work early and going to start prepping for Hurricane Sandy. Liquor store, here I come.
— Master Bates (@RANDarchy) October 29, 2012
Seeing as how the ice luge is still up and functional I'll be taking shots w/Sandy when I get home from work
— Chels (@ChelsCamp) October 29, 2012
And, finally, the worst sick excuse ever?
(Again, not my employees…)
In all seriousness, for those with questions about how to address the workplace implications of Hurricane Sandy, check out yesterday’s post.
I hope you and your workforce made it through relatively unscathed.
This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.