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Two take-aways from the Great Snow Storm of '14

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There's been a lot of criticism leveled at government officials regarding the response to the recent snow storm in Atlanta.  I support criticizing the government, but I'm always amazed that anyone expects anything of their government.  Here's my question: did your company do better than your government?  If not, why not?

Can your company handle the increase in remote access traffic?  Are clear policies and expectations in place?  Have you practiced? If 50% of the large employers in Atlanta had a work-from-home day on Tuesday, what would the impact have been?

It's not just about snow and ice.  In fact, it may not be just weather:  Remember in 2005 when Governor Perdue asked for schools to close to save diesel, leaving numerous parents wondering what to do about child care? Why not have some work-from-home days when smog alerts are predicted?  How highly do you need to value your employees time before you tell them to work from home when it rains?

Second, let's not be the city that's too busy to have fun. Imagine if we over-prepared.  No one went to the office, the kids stayed home and no snow came.  The rest of the country would mock us. Unless we had a great day with our friends and family.  Then who cares what people say.   I'm sorry for the people stuck in traffic forever.  I'm sorry for the kids that had to sleep in their schools, unless they had the best sleep-over ever.  I hope some did.  I had a great time sledding with my kids and have a bruised coccyx to prove it.

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