Workers feel pressured to go to work even in dangerous icy, snowy conditions. That’s the conclusion from a PEMCO Insurance survey of Northwest workers. The company points to last year’s weather in the Northwest where many areas were blanketed with snow and ice for a couple of weeks.
Other parts of the nation regularly experience the same conditions. Yet workers are — and were — expected to brave dangerous streets and roads to report to work. Pressure is put upon workers to go into the office or to the business when — in many cases — a better option is available to them and that’s to work from home.
That said, the current survey from PEMCO says things are improving a little:
• In 2015 66% of employees were pressured to go to work
• In 2020 that figure is 62%
Part of the reason for that — PEMCO and its spokesman Derek Wing believe — is because working from home or remotely increased by 44% between 2012 and 2017.
“With more companies adopting flexible work schedules, it is surprising that many commuters still feel the need to brave unfavorable winter driving conditions,” Wing said. “The Northwest has experienced staggering growth and change these past few years, but our neighbors' perceptions that they're expected at the workplace, and their tenacity to conquer whatever this region throws at them, is as strong as it was five years ago.”
Part of the reason employees make it to work in those conditions is because of the tenacity Wing referred to and the confidence they have in their driving skills:
• 45% of Washington drivers think they are more skilled than other drivers
• 44% of Oregon’s drivers feel the same
• 54% of males think they can do snow and ice better than drivers in other regions
• 30% of females say they can
When it comes to wintery conditions:
• 64% of Washington drivers are comfortable on the road in snow and ice
• 56% of Oregonians are comfortable on the road in snow and ice
• Just 15% of those in the Northwest are uncomfortable driving in winter weather
The poll also addressed how cities should respond to winter driving conditions. Drivers have feelings about those solutions and the most controversial of all is salt.
• 67% say it is appropriate for cities to use some salt to make roads safer
• 48% favor using salt over other alternatives
• 31% of those in Washington feel salt is more harmful to roads than alternatives
• 40% of Oregonians feel that way
• In Seattle 17% don’t approve of salt because salt damages their autos
• 24% of Portland residents feel that way
However anyone feels about driving in snow and ice, Wing suggests taking great care when driving treacherous roads.
“Whether Northwest commuters feel pressured by a boss, or are truly comfortable with driving in the snow, we strongly advise drivers to take precautions when venturing out,” Wing said. “Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go and don't rush. Most importantly, be prepared for whatever hazards you may face, and keep your vehicle stocked with blankets, water and a first-aid kit, just in case.”
By the way, the complete survey is fascinating and we suggest taking a peek at it and its conclusions. You can click here to access the entire survey.
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