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More of us will be working from a home office as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Updated: May 24, 2020

...and it will make the U.S. more competitive.

Many of us who are lucky enough to be able to work from home and still be productive during the COVID-19 pandemic may see this scenario becoming permanent. Those who can make this transition will prosper, those who can't will not. The key of course is to be productive. There is no doubt it does take discipline and the kind of environment conducive to the type of work you do, but there is no doubt that it will become the norm for many of us...and make the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace.

One positive that will come from this transition is elimination of commute time. Although many will say their morning and evening commutes allow for preparation and decompression time, there is no doubt that most of us simply sit in traffic or on crowded public transit making us non-product during that time. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way commute time in the U.S. is 26.1 minutes but that time increases to nearly 40 minutes for the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia metro areas. Most other major cities have commute times ranging from the low to high thirties. This makes Americans highly unproductive, and when we are competing in a global economy, this puts us at a disadvantage.

It's time to embrace the telecommute.

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