Bad weather – what works for your business?

So far this winter we have been, relatively, lucky enough to avoid severe rain, snow or ice, but with the unpredictable nature of the British weather anything is possible, from blizzards, to flooding to heat waves. Add to that the reported millions of pounds lost to businesses every time we have adverse weather then we would advise you ensure you have your bad weather policies up to date.

If an employee fails to turn up to work because of bad weather, as an employer, you are under no obligation to pay them, however, we would advise a little more flexibility on this. It’s important to show empathy with employees – particularly those that normally perform well – as research shows that this flexibility and trust will pay off in the long-term, with employees more motivated and going the extra mile when they are able to get to work.

Whilst it’s OK to have a strict policy in place to ensure employees try their best to get in to work, both sides need to be realistic about what’s possible. There is nothing in it for the employer to require the employee to spend all day trying to get in and still not getting there.

As an employer you should make clear in advance what employees are expected to do in the event they cannot make it to work. Employees need to keep in touch and demonstrate to their employer that they have made attempts to get in – they need to get the message across that they are not just ‘swinging the lead’, since this could upset colleagues as well as their bosses.

As an employer you need to carefully consider opportunities and options available if the weather conditions do stop employees making it in. Do they have the ability to work at home instead, could they make the hours up another time, could it be used as annual leave, is it more cost effective to shut the whole site down for the day?

We can provide you with a bad weather policy but ultimately only you know what will work for your business and your employees and in using a little common sense when it comes to interpreting this policy you help to keep a motivated a loyal workforce.

Please contact us if we can help with any of the issues raised

27 Harvine Walk, Norton, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3BQ

Tel: 01384 823835 ~ Registered No: 06958004


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