Adverse weather conditions

Firth court in the snow

As we head into the festive season, there is a greater chance of snow in Sheffield.

In times of adverse weather conditions, and/or when the usual forms of transport are unavailable, staff are expected to make every reasonable effort to get into work, using alternative means of transport where available. Staff should not, however, risk their personal safety.

All staff should contact their line manager if they are not coming into work because of the snow, to discuss the specific circumstances. Where job roles can be fulfilled remotely, and in agreement with their line manager, it may be entirely appropriate for staff to work from home. Some staff, in agreement with their line manager, may have chosen to book annual leave.

Where staff have made every reasonable effort to get into work, but have been unable to do so, then they should contact their line manager at the earliest opportunity to discuss this. Managers will advise staff dependent on the circumstances. This also applies should staff need to remain at home to care for dependents whose arrangements have been adversely affected by the weather.

Where staff have chosen not to come into work, even though it would have been reasonable in the circumstances to do so, then they should take the time off as annual leave.

The above is general guidance, and managers will be best placed to manage their particular areas, and advise staff accordingly. The Human Resources department will be able to assist with any particular circumstances.

Should the weather conditions be severe and dangerous, the University may close.

Snow updates page

HR information page