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Snow Days, Elections, and Holidays

It’s rare for the power to go out completely in a stationary workplace. When it does, sometimes a manager has a plan for making sure the day’s work still gets done. Other times, and we’ve been there, no one has a plan, and everyone just sits around in the dark for half a day waiting for their lights and computers to come back on so they can get to work.

An organized workplace should have predetermined procedures for snow days, holidays, and special events like championship parades or major road work. Likewise, there’s a need to plan for these events in the virtual workplace—what do you do when the lights go out, the Wi-Fi is down, or delays are caused by upgrades and updates?

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