We’ve just experienced the first real snow of winter, with schools closed and people struggling to get to work.
And as February is statistically the most snowy month, according to the Met Office, we may have more to come! In the UK, snow or sleet falls on average 3.9 days in December, 5.3 days in January, 5.6 days in February and 4.2 days in March.
While it’s great fun for children to have the occasional snow day, for the country there is a cost, which has been estimated at £1bn per day by economists.
For the clients of 24-7 Staffing, having to close their doors or delay projects because staff can’t get in is a headache. For employees, a snow day can be just as much of a nuisance.
Haulage is one of the sectors most affected; spare a thought for those poor lorry drivers across the UK whose vehicles were stuck for hours on icy, gridlocked roads. Well done to all our drivers at 24-7 Staffing who made it through the snow.
How to be snow-ready
The white stuff often seems to take us by surprise, even though this time the forecasters were accurate in their predictions. So here are a few things employers and employees can do to prepare for another white out.
- Clear snow away from the entrances, which can become slippery
- Grit paths and areas around entrances
- Put down mats in work to soak up excess water
- Use ‘wet floor’ signs
- Ensure that the workplace temperature is reasonable.
- Top up anti-freeze and screen wash, check your tyres are safe and pumped up
- Get together a winter kit to keep in your car: ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket and torch
- Have a safe, back-up plan for getting to work – is public transport or walking a viable alternative?
- Think ahead about alternative childcare plans if schools or nurseries are closed
- Have some staples in at home, should you be unable to get to the shops, such as tinned food and powered milk.
A few simple steps could make the difference between comfort and discomfort, getting to work or not being able to get in.
Did you know? Some snowy facts:
To any quizzers out there, here are some fun facts to tickle you:
- On 25 September 1885 snow was reported to have fallen at London and Wallington in Surrey making it the earliest fall of snow on the capital.
- On 2 June 1975 snow showers forced the abandonment of several cricket matches across the country.
- The snowiest winter of the twentieth century in the United Kingdom was 1947. Between 22 January and 17 March snow fell every day somewhere in the country.
And finally, if you were delighted to be able to take a day off because of the snow, and realised while you were sledging that there could be much more rewarding career out there for you, then please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing to discuss your options.