Hi there, Remote Work Tribe, and welcome back to another Weekly Roundup! Each week here on the Remote Work Tribe site, we gather the latest trending threads and relatable posts for your viewing pleasure. This week, we couldn’t help but ignore this Tweet, which pretty much encapsulates the rise and fall of the commute.
For what it’s worth, *no one* wants to be stuck in traffic for an hour and a half. However, it’s no secret that lengthy commute times were previously viewed as just another aspect of your job. Time spent in traffic was just another few hours to add to your work day.
Fortunately, it appears as though the rise in dispersed teams over recent months has led many to the realization which all remote workers share — the commute is not worth it. Thus, the rise and fall of the commute has commenced.
Nope. 2020/21 has taught us to do better and care for ourselves more. Unless you absolutely love the job and can't wait to get up in the morning to get there — no.— Debbie Elicksen (@bookpublish101) July 21, 2021
Why We’re Saying Goodbye to the Commute
So, are any of us crazy for saying no to a job opportunity simply because of the commute time? The verdict is in, and it appears to be a unanimous no.
No way. Having a life outside of work is so important, and spending 3 of those hours daily in traffic would be miserable! The right opportunity for you will come along!— Megan Nicole O'Neal (@megan_n_oneal) July 21, 2021
As Megan points out, a work-life balance is crucial, now more than ever. Realistically, time spent only traveling back and forth to work eats into the time designated for ‘life.’ Not to mention, you’re not compensated for the hours spent during the commute, essentially making them pointless work hours.
It's a sign that you are sane. The crazy ones are the ones that do that.— Stephen Kellett (@ThePipingSnail) July 21, 2021
My commute has been 15 seconds to work, for the last 20 years. I don't waste time, or money, or burn fuel, or risk my life in traffic commuting to work. It's great.
If you’re like Stephen here, your commute time is minimal… we’re talking about the time it takes to get from the kitchen to the home office. While everyone isn’t as lucky to reap these benefits just yet, it’s clear that remote work not only saves time and money, but also fuel costs and stress.
What do you think, Remote Work Tribe — would you pass on a job just because of the commute? We might be a bit biased, but our answer is a total, resounding yes. 😉
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This worst fear imaginable.
2. This fascinating look at where tech startup founders prefer to put down roots.
3. This giggle-worthy response to the new Clubhouse logo (check it out here).
4. This thread of hilarious master plans for your favorite platforms.
5. This! THIS!
6. This reason to be vocal when you like someone’s content.
7. This post of encouragement for recruiters.
8. This divisive Tweet that pits Chrome against Safari.
9. This thread of predictions for remote work.
10. This lesson on how to show employees your appreciation.
11. This reminder to not send uninvited invites.
12. This prerequisite for being fantastic with social media (this and Myspace, honestly).