Adverse weather disrupting travel
The College recognises that there will be occassions where adverse weather conditions will occur and cause disruption to travel services (typically bus, rail and tube) which will affect staff members normal commute into work through increased jounry times, adjusted travel options and/or travelling to work at different times. The College also recognises that the consequences imposed on staff members adjusting their travel will affect not only their normal work duties but also attaining a work-life balance.
The College wishes to support staff members during times of adverse weather conditions and offer flexiblity to enable staff to work around these circumstances. This will be subject to department/division approval and still ensuring the operational requirements are achieved. Below is some guidance for staff and line managers to refer to when these instances occur and to help provide support.
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Guidance for staff and managers
What will happen to normal working arrangements?
All staff are expected to make every reasonable effort to present themselves for work during adverse weather conditions. The staff member is responsibile for seeking out alternative journey options to get to work if their usual journey route is altered, cancelled or heavily delayed as a result of the weather. Where the weather warnings have been broadcast in advance (via the news and weather reports), staff will also be expected to plan alternative travel options in advance in anticipation of the disruption.
It is not deemed unreasonable for staff to walk up to an hour in each direction whereby no reasonable travel options are available (except for staff who have a disability or any other medical condition where doing so would pose a risk to their health).
Staff can also discuss different working arrangements in advance where there is suspected disruption (and on the day itself) with approval from their line managers and/or Heads of Departments/Divisions. This will be at the line managers discretion whilst also ensuring operational output is maintained and all staff within their division are treated fairly with regards to flexiblity requsts. Some suggested examples could include altering start/finish times, working from home and taking leave (whether paid or unpaid).
What is the procedure for cancelled events?
In the event you are unable to come to work for the full day (if adjusting your hours), are taking leave or you have arranged with your line manager to work from home during periods of adverse weather conditions, please communicate this as early as possible to your fellow colleagues, other staff and students if applicable particularly if this involves cancelled teaching, lectures, PhD supervision, meetings, training workshops, conferences and other events that you are responsible for.
Similarly, if you are one of the attendees to a scheduled meeting, conference or event and are unable to make it into work, please also communicate this as early as is possible to the event organiser to make them aware of your absence.
What is the procedure for lone workers?
Staff members should ensure they do not unintentionally find themselves lone working in the event there are fewer staff in as a result of the disruption. Further information on lone working can be found here.
Should I drive to College in the event of disruption?
Members of staff who do not already hold parking permits are advised not to drive to College. Staff who do hold parking permits and drive to College should check with the Estates Operations team if there are going to be any changes to regular parking with complying to safety regulations.
What if I have dependants/other caring responsibilities?
Staff who identify as carers for young dependants or adults, should consult with their line manager on other options for working (or if they require any adjustments to be made during the disruption). Staff and line managers can discuss the other types of leave available in the Special Leave policy.