snowday.jpgThere is this warm fuzzy feeling that comes over me when the kids scream in joy after hearing school has been canceled because of snow.

It reminds me of the joy I felt when I was a kid. I would celebrate when I woke up and saw my Queens neighborhood blanketed in snow, knowing there was no way the yellow buses were going to make it through the hood.

It also reminds me of the work world pre-Internet. A blizzard often meant you’d miss a day of work, or half a day at least. And of course, that was also cause for revelry.

But no more. A snow day is just like any other day for we weary telecommuters.

We got hit with another two feet of snow in the Mid-Atlantic yesterday, but the sled never made it out of the garage. Yes, the kids played outside, but we didn’t play outside.

Being a freelancer and contract worker that mainly works from home, I worked all day yesterday; and my hubby, who’s a regular office employee, did as well. Along with most everyone I know.

My best buddy, who’s a high powered attorney, and I were iChatting during the day and I didn’t realize until 5:30 that she had worked from home all day and never made it to the office.

Yes, it’s a good thing to have the option to work from home but now we work and work and work…. snow, sleet, rain, sickness. We work and work and work.

Call us: V-workers. C-workers. S-workers. (Virtual workers. Cyber workers. Screwed workers.)

According to a study by Frost & Sullivan: Almost half (47 percent) of respondents report having a formal telecommuting policy in place.

And that’s formal programs. Most of you are working from home informally, making calls, sending emails, finishing projects.

Today, upwards of 12 million employees telework more than 8 hours per week, up from about 6 million in 2000, according to Gartner Dataquest. The number will hit nearly 14 million by 2009. Caroline Jones, an analyst for Gartner who expects the number to continue to grow, says the rate of increase has been steady for a number of years even though telecommuting hasn’t been getting a lot of publicity in recent years.

Jones calls it “the quiet revolution” and sees it slowly becoming a standard flexible work option Corporate America offers workers.

I’m all for revolutions that help make workers’ lives easier. But dry sleds really bum me out.

I guess we can all hope for a power outage.

Did you take a snow day this week?

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