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Blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, cats and dogs falling from the sky – all of these types of inclement weather (err, except the last one) may be enough to make you think twice about that “come into work no matter what” bad weather policy your employees are strapped with.

Believe it or not, there are times when it may be permissable for your employees to “take a snow day,” or at least find alternative methods of getting their work done while Mother Nature wreaks havoc.

In a recent blog post we discussed how to create your organization’s snow day policy (a great read if you missed it). This was one of our most popular blog articles to date racking up about 500 views in a matter of days and resulting in a number of emails and phone calls from organizations looking for help with their policies.

We knew that this was a gray area in many organizations, but had no idea that so many organizations needed help in the area of creating a bad weather policy.

In the midwest USA where this blog originates, we all know how crazy our weather can be at times. One day it snows enough to bury your car, and the next day it’s warm enough to melt it all and flood the city.

With temperatures ranging from -10 to 110, we’re no strangers to hot and cold conditions, at least a few tornadoes rip through our city each spring, and we’ve even been known to get terrential downpours stemming from large hurricanes down south.

It really is a weather rollercoaster ride.

So Why Does Any of This Matter to Your Bad Weather Policy?

Well, this means a snow day policy isn’t the only thing that is needed around here as far as a bad weather policy goes. Around here, we’ve got to cover a wide range of inclement weather situations.

And being that every climate has it’s own quirks, odds are you’re in an area of the US or the world where conditions are much of the same.

Luckily at some point along the way you stumbled upon our blog, because today instead of telling you how to create your bad weather policy like we normally do, we’re just going to extend our loving, caring, generous, angelic (not evil!!) HR hand and just plain give it to you (download by clicking the link below).

Yes, you’ll probably need to tailor it to your organization’s specific needs (give us a ring or email us for help with that), but at least you’ll have it to get started.

***Download a Free Copy of Our Sample Bad Weather Policy (opens in a new window)***

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about the author: Amy Letke

Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success.