Who works when it snows?

Not only did the recent Deep Freeze, Snow Jam — or whatever you want to call the latest winter storm — paralyze metro Atlanta, it also reminded us which workers are truly essential. While many folks spent several days at home trapped by the winter wonderland, some workers were on the job, as always. Some even worked overtime to pick up the slack for the rest of us.

Almost everyone thinks their job is important, but there are some occupations where missing work isn’t an option. Some of those folks are obvious; cops, nurses, EMTs, firefighters and other emergency workers have no choice. But there were other workers who braved the weather and worked all week, including meteorologists, road crew workers, tow truck operators and Waffle House waitresses, among others.

Did you make it to work all five days last week? Did seeing someone doing their job despite last week’s weather impress you? Tell us about it.

In the name of full disclosure, I confess that I worked from home three days last week.

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January 19th, 2011
9:41 am

I don’t live under the delusion that my job is anywhere near critical, but I know there are some that are, and, yes, I was VERY impressed by the efforts of people with those jobs. For example, many staff members at PAWS Atlanta (and probably many other local shelters) spent the night there on that Sunday in anticipation of the snow and camped out for a few days to make sure all the dogs and cats were cared for. Animals’ needs for food and medicine do not take a “snow day”! Animal lovers everywhere are grateful for dedicated staff members like them!


January 24th, 2011
12:51 pm