I'd been in my new job for about a year and a half before anyone told me that I'm in charge of deciding whether or not the office will be open. When I heard, I thought, 'Really? Huh.'
So far this year, we've had enough bad weather that I've pulled that trigger a few times. And generally, my staff is pretty happy with the decisions I've made. They've thanked me for being lenient about 'work from home' requests, and for closing or releasing people early if the weather is bad.
Yesterday (and today) we got the biggest storm of the year. And yet, when I woke up at 5 a.m. to make my decision, New York City schools were still open. Even though we were supposed to get a lot of snow, it was supposed to stop snowing and warm up later in the afternoon. So, I decided that we'd be open, but I let folks know that if they had difficulty getting in, that people had dispensation to be late or stay home without penalty.
Then, I had to deal with my own commute. Oy. The subways were running, and I actually didn't have much trouble getting in, until we got to 2nd Avenue. Then the train stopped and we were told that because of a police emergency, we wouldn't go any further. I did a little research and learned that a woman who was texting on the platform slipped and fell on the tracks. She wasn't killed, I guess, but it sounded awful.
So, at that point, I came above ground and tried to find a cab to take me the rest of the way. Oy! It was crazy out there. So I snapped a photo, and that became my picture of the day.