I love my morning commute. All I've gotta do, at a bare minimum, is walk upstairs and sit on the couch; a total of 20 seconds. Think how much time and money is saved and productivity (potentially) gained because of this.
Did you know that the average cost of commuting via the tube in London is around $174 a month. That's over $2000 a year just to sit on a train.
In the US the average commute time is just over 25 minutes. Here's a cool chart that shows the times for each state. Some states average nearly an hour! Heck, I have some friends who work in rural Australia who travel three, six, even ten or more hours to get to work 😱.
The beauty of working online is that there is absolutely zero friction when starting "work". Just open your laptop and off you go. I love this because there are times when I wake up really early or stay up late. If I had to commute into the office it would be considered weird to arrive so early or stay so late.
I do realise that more companies are acknowledging everybody's schedules are vastly different, and so things are improving. My previous workplace at Squiz was a prime example. But still, it's the physical presence of being "somewhere" that has it's limitations.
We live in the 21st century and the internet is everywhere. Meetings can be done via Goole Hangouts, colleagues can chat via Slack, lunch can be made at home. You also never have to worry about those pesky "birthday donuts" Susy from Accounting brought into the kitchen.
Sure, physical locations have their place. But they way we commute needs to change. Not everyone needs to arrive at 9 and leave by 5. Offices should wake up and allow more flexibility. Workers can arrive late, when the traffic is less, and work from home the first couple of hours, for example.
Whatever you want, the internet is here to make our lives better and we should break from these old-fashioned chains and utilise the internet to make our work-life balance more enjoyable.