D.C. Subway Closure=Need for HR Actions

This morning I saw the news of massive subway system of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia shut down for security reasons, leaving tens of thousands of people with no transportation. The only other option? Use the busses (or a cab if you can afford one), but how efficient can that be for public transportation to accommodate such a large population on this short notice.

As an employer, imagine the possibility of 50% of employees not being able to show up to work due to bad weather or other reasonable out of control situations. This is a prime example why HR needs to prepare for not just internal possible weaknesses and threats, but also some external, again, out of control situations.

Now would be the time where the HR needs to jump in and focus on their long lost pending “work from home” policy or having IT set up that remote desktop, which has been pushed to the bottom of the “to-do list”. Implementation of such policies will be beneficial for everyone – the employer, employee, clients and consumers.

Many companies are already ahead in the game with systems generating automatic text messages and emails letting employees know the current conditions and also, giving them directions on how and where to report hours, and other means of working remote for a day or two.

Of course, not everyone will be able to work from home, but that’s something that can be brought up in another topic.

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