Remote Workers Participating In 'The Fake Commute' Trend To Get Out Of The House

CBS4's Nichelle Medina reports that a fake commute can help people clear their head. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/3qzNCbd

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- And tonight's Health Watch, millions of people are working from home because of the pandemic.

- The good news is they don't have to commute anymore, but that can actually be a bad thing in some cases. CBS 4's Nichelle Medina explains.

NICHELLE MEDINA: Danielle Perrotta's morning commute starts like many. She leaves her house and stops off for a cup of coffee or tea.

- And here's your tea.

DANIELLE PERROTTA: Woo-hoo.

NICHELLE MEDINA: The educator and tutor then heads to her job, but not at a school. She actually goes right back home for another day of working remotely.

DANIELLE PERROTTA: I'm doing it online at home using Zoom. So, still doing a lot of the things I was doing before, but now through a computer screen. And I feel like being in the house all the time, there were days that would go by and I just like, wow. I haven't left the house in five days.

NICHELLE MEDINA: So, once a week Perrotta does what's known as a fake commute.

DANIELLE PERROTTA: It separates my home and my work.

NICHELLE MEDINA: And she's not alone.

KRISTEN SHOCKLEY: Research shows that this idea of segmentation, so keeping work and home life separate, tends to have some beneficial effects for work-life balance.

NICHELLE MEDINA: Kristen Shockley is an associate professor of psychology and says the fake commute can help people clear their head and it doesn't have to be a drive. It sounds like fake commuting can really help your mental health, but your physical health as well.

KRISTEN SHOCKLEY: Yeah, that's one really nice thing. If you're able to do something like walking around the block, you're going to get the benefits that come from both being outside and getting that activity in.

NICHELLE MEDINA: Perrotta will often include a walk in her fake commute.

DANIELLE PERROTTA: It makes me feel like I'm going somewhere, even though I'm just coming back home.

NICHELLE MEDINA: And that makes it a little easier to get through the work day. Nichelle Medina, CBS News, San Diego.