I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am taking this blizzard seriously.  The picture on the right was taken in my hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts in the aftermath of the blizzard of ’78.  A lot of people lost homes or had significant property damage. My two siblings and I were all home from college for winter break and trapped with our parents and one of my Dad’s customers for five days.  My Dad was kind enough to take the guy in because he waited too long to leave work and the roads were impassable by the time he did.  Day one of being snowbound feels like an adventure.  Day five becomes a gulag – especially if everybody has to be on their best behavior to preserve that important customer relationship.

As we’ve written about before, extreme weather wreaks havoc on businesses as well as households.  I  live in a coastal town, in fact a town surrounded on all sides by water, connected to the mainland by a causeway.  This blizzard is not only expected to dump more than 2 feet of snow on us, but will also persist through two high tide cycles.  High winds and heavy precipitation at high tide are a combination that can have lethal impact for a town like ours.  I met with our Fire Chief this morning and talked to him about what his team was doing to prepare.  He’s got to balance budget and public safety concerns – not an easy equation to balance in what’s expected to be a storm of the century.

Assuming the power stays on, I’ll blog video updates over the progression of the storm.  You’ll find part 1  here , which will explain the Brigham’s vanilla title above.  If you live in this storm area, I hope you’re home and dry.  Governor Patrick has already ordered everybody off the roads by 4 PM.   Stay safe everybody!

The Super Bowl was also big news this week, and included some of our prior research about sports-induced absenteeism was covered in a variety of news stories:

  • Big game fever? Our survey revealed that employees around the world have called in sick to work over a sporting event. http://ow.ly/hl6Ty

Other Items of Interest This Week:

A better way to do performance reviews: http://www.inc.com/tom-searcy/a-new-approach-to-annual-performance-reviews.html?nav=featured

What not to say to a working mom: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/devon-corneal/what-not-to-say-to-a-working-mom_b_2566952.html

Astounding graphic about paid maternity/paternity leave around the world: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/maternity-leave-paid-parental-leave-_n_2617284.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Challenges of a temporary worker: http://thecynicalgirl.com/the-challenges-of-a-permanent-temporary-worker/

Kronos Posts, Articles and Media Coverage This Week:

Calgary Co-op Achieves New Levels of #Staffing Effectiveness with #Kronos: http://ow.ly/hoI5n

Experience workforce innovation that works at our local customer conferences: http://ow.ly/hlc2u #free #KronosLive

#Kronos Reports Exceptional First-Quarter Results; Workforce Management #Cloud Revenue Increases 106% http://ow.ly/hr5ip

Values Drive Success and Innovation at Workforce Management Company, #Kronos. http://ow.ly/hr6TB via @Forbes

Find out how best-in-class orgs are working smarter by leveraging ongoing #training in our #webinar with @Madtarquin. http://ow.ly/hqW2m

Great article on @Forbes featuring our CEO @AronAin. Values Drive Success & Innovation at #WFM Company, Kronos. http://ow.ly/hrc6S

Find out what 100 #dining #executives have to say about optimizing their workforce. Download the Pulse Report today: http://ow.ly/hqWkH

KnowledgePass: Little Cost for Big Benefits! Find out how easy access to education can improve your productivity. http://ow.ly/hqX5h

2/12 Webinar: Labor Strategies for Surviving the #AffordableCareAct. http://ow.ly/hqXIL

Theatre Emotions http://ow.ly/hlbAW via @KronosUK @andrewbusby

RT @GreggLean: Competitive Manufacturing in the UK http://ow.ly/hgLi8

6 Considerations for Handling Complex Scheduling Challenges in Retail http://ow.ly/hpEBU via @fmoreno44

RT @SmarterCafe: #Kronos customers are moving to the #Cloud. Here’s how one did it. http://ow.ly/hrGta

RT @smartercafe: Tough for #healthcare pros to help patients while wrapped in #redtape. http://ow.ly/hvsv4

Change is “sometimes” Good http://ow.ly/hxtsM via @ToddBlackHRMS

Is Managing a Global Workforce the Next Big Challenge for Manufacturers? http://ow.ly/hxtEV via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK


2 thoughts on “Snowpocalypse Nemo and the Quest for Brigham’s Vanilla

  1. I’ve been thinking about you Joyce while the storm brews. We’re on the Cape right now, and share your worries about tides and wind. Be safe — and may the power stay with you….

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