With Chicago on its way to tying the record for one of the longest cold snaps in more than 50 years, residents are finding everything from their commute to their home heating systems tested.
Freezing temperatures have triggered delays on Metra, with rail breaks caused by contracting steel, and trains slowing down to reduce stress on tracks.
Given the challenges of commuting, one workplace expert says the extreme weather should have managers reviewing company policy on work-from-home scenarios that could come in handy in an emergency situation, said Ellen Ernst Kossek, a professor at Purdue University.
“It’s an opportunity to look at how their work is organized and might help them be prepared not only for the weather but many other types of catastrophes,” Ernst Kossek said. “Let’s view this as a learning process to be effective for the future.”