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So what positives are you seeing from the Covid-19 virus?
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Traffic is lighter on my commute.
Casual day every day.
All of our other staff is working from home. I'm the only one in the office. Radio is turned up. Toilet seat is always up in our unisex restroom.
I can ignore certain phone calls and let them go to voice mail because people think we're all working from home anyway.
My son got a $1/hr raise because of how crazy it has been at the grocery store where he works.
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The dog couldn't be happier. He goes for 4 or 5 walks a day and everyone is home all the time.

Working from home ain't bad.

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The positive environmental effects and a potential shift to working at home becoming the new normal. Less new construction, less traffic, less energy use, less environmental degradation. I'd add the potential shift to food deliveries/walk-outs becoming the norm as a good thing as grocery stores/restaurants would require less square-footage to perform the same functions.

Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
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Traffic for sure. Pre-COVID trips to UPenn took up to 2 hours with traffic. Now it's 1 hr 20 min like clockwork. COVID couldn't have come at a better time for me, as radiation treatment started last Thursday and runs daily for four weeks.

It's really weird seeing what looks to be about 20% of normal volume on I-95 in this part of the country.

I've also noticed that cops are still very present, but are not running radar or laser or pulling anyone over. It's fucking great. I slow down from 100 to 75 mph when I pass by just so I don't completely stick out.
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I don't have the discipline to work from home. About 10% of my office feels the same way. My entire department except me is at home. I'm crushing work due to the lack of random engineers wandering in to ask me to do something for them.
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∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
The positive environmental effects and a potential shift to working at home becoming the new normal. Less new construction, less traffic, less energy use, less environmental degradation. I'd add the potential shift to food deliveries/walk-outs becoming the norm as a good thing as grocery stores/restaurants would require less square-footage to perform the same functions.



Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
:nod:

The long term potential is for re-evaluation of what’s important and realignment of priorities. Less greed, greater sense of community, meaningful relationships, communing with nature.

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kalm wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:26 am
∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
The positive environmental effects and a potential shift to working at home becoming the new normal. Less new construction, less traffic, less energy use, less environmental degradation. I'd add the potential shift to food deliveries/walk-outs becoming the norm as a good thing as grocery stores/restaurants would require less square-footage to perform the same functions.



Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
:nod:

The long term potential is for re-evaluation of what’s important and realignment of priorities. Less greed, greater sense of community, meaningful relationships, communing with nature.

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∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
The positive environmental effects and a potential shift to working at home becoming the new normal. Less new construction, less traffic, less energy use, less environmental degradation. I'd add the potential shift to food deliveries/walk-outs becoming the norm as a good thing as grocery stores/restaurants would require less square-footage to perform the same functions.

Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
Yup. Hopefully business owners realize that office space is not needed...of course that shift could result in a crunch for the business real estate sector, oh well.

Oh and CA has determined new home construction an "essential" need to plenty of projects still going on. I don't think that stops with the Chinese virus, but new construction will probably be hammered if the economy takes longer that expected to bounce back.

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∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
I would too. Unskilled = low pay.
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89Hen wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:43 am
∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
I would too. Unskilled = low pay.
What does "compensate them accordingly" even mean? What's the right amount of money to fulfill that phrase and, more importantly, who's coughing up the cash to raise their pay to that level? There's a reason why Walmarts exist, and why self service checkouts are on the rise - consumers (and that includes the kalmie's and trip's of the world - and me as well) aren't purposely shelling out more money than they have to in order to buy goods or services. If I have a job around the house that needs a contractor, I might get some quotes, and then, assuming I'm satisfied they can do the job, I'm picking the lowest bid out of the good contractors. When I go clothes shopping, I purposely wait for a sale or a coupon or something else so that I don't need to pay full price. I don't hand over 20% more than the list price and tell the clerk I'm contributing to the pool of cash so that the stock boy in the back can make some more money. It's a great idea, but it's not rational that consumers will act that way.
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Kinda like 9/11, we'll take this shit seriously in the future. New threat of a pandemic that has a double digit mortality rate or affects children? The world will respond en masse right away.

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When I was working FT from home I weighed around 170lbs. I ballooned to almost 200 lbs when I moved to the office FT. Since being home, I've gotten back into my WFH routine and am down 7 lbs. I get up more at home, walk around the neighborhood more, take the dog on more walks, watch what I eat and am getting more sleep since I don't have to commute.
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Ibanez wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:57 am
When I was working FT from home I weighed around 170lbs. I ballooned to almost 200 lbs when I moved to the office FT. Since being home, I've gotten back into my WFH routine and am down 7 lbs. I get up more at home, walk around the neighborhood more, take the dog on more walks, watch what I eat and am getting more sleep since I don't have to commute.
I was at 200 when this started. I'll be curious to see where I'm at when it's over. I haven't had a beer in a month, partially to keep myself in top shape. And without eating out I have to cook 100% of our meals, which are generally pretty healthy.

I've also lost the near-daily headaches I used to have, strangely enough. So there's gotta be some sort of correlation with all these changes and my head feeling better.

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As for the good stuff, traffic is great, I've cut at least 10 minutes off my 50 minute drive each direction, so that's an extra 20 minutes per day. The wife is home so she's not driving (gas savings and EZ pass savings) and the kids not being able to play any sports means I'm saving a boat load of cash on not buying equipment and fees and so on.

And we got lucky and got 2 puppies back on March 9th, just before the schools shuttered on March 12th where I am. Ended up being the best time to get puppies, as now the whole family (except me, still working here) get to be home all day with the pups. Did the same as we had before, we got a Border Collie puppy and a Golden Retriever puppy, and these guys are 5 days apart in age. My first Border Collie I had named Gannon, so in keeping with a tradition of calling the Border Collie after former Blue Hen QB's I went with Scully with this puppy - Rick Scully was the QB of the Blue Hen team that lost to EKU in the 1982 I-AA title game and was the first QB I ever really remember watching growing up (I was 9 when he played). But like I said, a great time to have puppies and a great thing to come back home to after long days.
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Silenoz wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:01 am
Ibanez wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:57 am
When I was working FT from home I weighed around 170lbs. I ballooned to almost 200 lbs when I moved to the office FT. Since being home, I've gotten back into my WFH routine and am down 7 lbs. I get up more at home, walk around the neighborhood more, take the dog on more walks, watch what I eat and am getting more sleep since I don't have to commute.
I was at 200 when this started. I'll be curious to see where I'm at when it's over. I haven't had a beer in a month, partially to keep myself in top shape. And without eating out I have to cook 100% of our meals, which are generally pretty healthy.

I've also lost the near-daily headaches I used to have, strangely enough. So there's gotta be some sort of correlation with all these changes and my head feeling better.
I went full on keto back in January and in 8 weeks I lost 27 pounds - the goal was to hit 200 lbs and I did. Been eating like a normal person for the past two weeks, but now exercising every day, and I'm still losing weight - down to 197 lbs now. Gotta start eating more apparently, or cut out all this exercise!
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With the shutdown in India, the company President that was trying to shift as much work to his brother's company back in Dehli is looking desperate now that we are understaffed in the US. Also, his plan of having the Billers sit in tiny cubes crammed next to each other to save money on rent is backfiring, as there is NO personal space between employees.
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I think our local breweries are getting more exposure, but the bars being closed might put them out of business. I've always purchased local beer, rarely do I buy national brands.
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imagine if 33% of rush hour traffic was eliminated
because it became evident a third of Americans didn't need to be in the office to be productive

and because of that discovery,
a percentage of kids could stay home on Tuesdays and Thursdays and simply "log in to class"
because a parent was home - because they didn't need to be in the office
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I think our local breweries are getting more exposure, but the bars being closed might put them out of business. I've always purchased local beer, rarely do I buy national brands.
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Chizzang wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:20 am
imagine if 33% of rush hour traffic was eliminated
because it became evident a third of Americans didn't need to be in the office to be productive

and because of that discovery,
a percentage of kids could stay home on Tuesdays and Thursdays and simply "log in to class"
because a parent was home - because they didn't need to be in the office
We are finding that while working from home is possible, it is far less efficient.
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dbackjon wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:49 am
Chizzang wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:20 am
imagine if 33% of rush hour traffic was eliminated
because it became evident a third of Americans didn't need to be in the office to be productive

and because of that discovery,
a percentage of kids could stay home on Tuesdays and Thursdays and simply "log in to class"
because a parent was home - because they didn't need to be in the office
We are finding that while working from home is possible, it is far less efficient.
We just had a team meeting, and our group appears to be about the same from home as in the office. Probably more ready, as most have been working from home a few days a week prior to this year.
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∞∞∞ wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:48 am
The positive environmental effects and a potential shift to working at home becoming the new normal. Less new construction, less traffic, less energy use, less environmental degradation. I'd add the potential shift to food deliveries/walk-outs becoming the norm as a good thing as grocery stores/restaurants would require less square-footage to perform the same functions.

Also the possibility that we now see janitors, grocery clerks, package-runners, and other low-wage workers are vital to the economy and compensate them accordingly (but I doubt this one).
Agreed on every one of these....and don't be too sure about your prediction on the last one. There's gonna be some priorities shifted in the business world.
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Chizzang wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:20 am
imagine if 33% of rush hour traffic was eliminated
because it became evident a third of Americans didn't need to be in the office to be productive

and because of that discovery,
a percentage of kids could stay home on Tuesdays and Thursdays and simply "log in to class"
because a parent was home - because they didn't need to be in the office
There's going to be some wholesale changes in the way the country runs, no doubt about it. :nod: :nod:
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