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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Read This if You're Sick of Winter
“A Polar Vortex sounds like something Mr. Freeze would use to destroy Gotham City… or a new flavor of Powerade.” — Jimmy Kimmel
The bad weather that has stormed and stomped its way across the U.S. this winter has left in its path a trail of crumpled cars, downed power lines, teenagers with their pants pulled ALL the way up, and people who are frustrated and exhausted by the constant battle with Mother Nature.
“I don’t even want to watch the winter Olympics, and I love the games,” Adam Fogle told the Wall Street Journal. “I’m so tired of ice and snow… I don’t care if I ever see it again.”
While the polar vortex has made the Weather Channel folks nearly giddy, the reality is that people are indeed at the end of their rope—if they didn’t reach it weeks ago. Their battle with the elements has taken a toll not only on their psyche, but also on this nation’s productivity.
For example, when looking at lost productivity from December, the winter weather is expected to cost the economy almost $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, finds a new poll by CNBC of Wall Street economists, fund managers and strategists. While the economy is expected to mostly recover in the coming months, it is not clear what the impact is on employee engagement and turnover.
That’s why it is so important that leaders step up and realize that (read more here)