Back to Work & Back to the Commute
With Covid work restrictions being lifted, rush hour in the Washington DC area is back and just as annoying as it was pre-Covid.
On Friday, I rolled along at 20 miles an hour for several miles inching my way to the American Legion Bridge. This bridge is on the top stretch on the Beltway connecting Virginia and Maryland.
On the "bottom" part of the Beltway, drivers cross the Potomac via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This bridge connects Virginia to Maryland and Washington DC. There are several smaller bridges over the Potomac connecting Virginia to Washington DC but all of the bridges over the Potomac are jammed with traffic now that people are going back to the office.
The pandemic kept many 9 to 5 workers at home and that had its own challenges but the break from the daily commute has many people wondering,
How much of my life is spent commuting?
According to the Washington Post, if you are an American with an average commute time, you're spending 250 hours a year commuting to work. That is a little more than 10 days a year. Oof!
It's no wonder why so many of us are working from home and really enjoying it! I've been thinking about an old analogy or phrase, "You can't put the genie back in the bottle!" Many employers are requiring workers to get back to the old routine, but a lot of workers are pushing back.
US News reports a record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September with job growth staying strong in recent months.
People want change and working from home during the pandemic may have shown us all there is a better way to work.