As Crelate Inc. continues to grow and add more team members more Office Space was required. Check out our new digs in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s interesting how office space is being used and sometimes “not used” as commute times continue to skyrocket in the U.S.

BethesdaOfficeSpace#1Recently, Crelate added Gianna Summa and Eric Weinbaum to the team. Both are Customer Success Specialists in the East Coast Office. Hopefully, CCO and Co-founder of Crelate Mark Barrett won’t ask about those “TPS Reports” too often, in the new space, and Gianna and Eric won’t get overly attached to their new staplers.

All of Crelate’s 12 employees work at least a portion of their work weeks from home, aka “teleworking”. According to Global Workplace Analytics some, “50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce works at home at some frequency.” What is more telling, 80-90% of those surveyed indicate they would like the option of working from home at least part of the time.

In the Pacific Northwest commute times to travel 20-30 miles can often be 2+ hours during peak commuting. This is why on days I work in the office I bite the bullet and get up at 4am and hit the road so my commute is manageable (it doesn’t hurt that I also hit the gym on the way in). At least I get a break one way from the stop and go misery.

Likewise, a recent report indicated that Washington, DC was the 3rd highest ranked Metro area, in the country, for average commute time: registering 32.8 minutes. Incidentally, I just checked Mapquest to see what the commute from Washington DC to Bethesda, MD looks like at 5:15pm EST on a random Tuesday – travel distance is 8.6 miles and it’s going take 35 minutes to travel this short distance.

If a recent report in Forbes is even remotely accurate telework should continue to make significant inroads in the future, given the enormous costs associated with incessant traffic jams. Authors of the study say over the next sixteen years there will be a 50% rise in gridlock costs. In 2013 traffic congestion cost Americans $124 billion in direct and indirect losses, this number is expected to rise to $186 billion by 2030. Better get to work on that home office space sooner rather than later.

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