Dow Jones Newswires editor warns against working at home because of bad weather

George Stahl, a Dow Jones Newswires editor, tells copy desk staffers that working at home because of bad weather “should NOT be the first option or or the preference.” He notes that “last week, too many people used weather as a reason not to come into work.”

His memo:

From: Stahl, George
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 1:44 PM
To: Americas Copy Desk
Cc: Rogow, Geoffrey; deStreel, Margaret; Meyer, Tedra
Subject: Weather and work — IMPORTANT

With snow in the forecast again, this serves as a good time to remind all that while working from homesnow is a possibility on difficult weather days, it should NOT be the first option or the preference.

In addition, if you do feel the need to work from home, you must clear that decision with your respective pod chief and well before the start of your shift. Simply alerting your co-workers of your status right before your shift starts is not satisfactory or sufficient./CONTINUES

Finally, if you do work from home, please make sure that you are technically capable of performing your tasks. Technical problems from home will not be an accepted excuse.

Last week, too many people used weather as a reason not to come into work. That put an enormous strain on those of us who made the challenging effort to get into work in difficult weather.

Tonight’s forecast is just for a couple inches of show, so it shouldn’t be troublesome; however, after this week, I wanted to remind everyone of our policy regarding weather.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to me or your pod chief.

Thanks

George


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