When the Weather is Bad, Do you have to go to Work?

Icey Cold Winter Weather

With much of the country in the grip of some of the coldest weather we have experienced in years I thought of one thing: Do you have to go in to work? With current technologies allowing you to work almost anywhere with no issues are snow days a thing of the past? For myself and many like me that is the case.

With the invention of technologies like WebEx, GotoMeeting, Conference Bridges, VoIP Softphones, VPN and many other technologies it’s possible to act like you actually are in an office when you really aren’t. Many, like myself, work from home all the time. However, it’s becoming increasingly common even for people who do regularly commute to an office to work from home when the weather is just too bad to go out. With parts of the US covered by almost 2 feet of snow, even with good snow removal it can take some time for life to return to normal.

So the question is: Do you have to go to work when it’s too dangerous to drive or can you work at home? If you do, then what technologies do you use to get the job done?


About the Author

Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.