‘Back into the swing of things’ as Seattle workers return to the office, including at KIRO Radio

Nov 17, 2021, 9:57 AM
To commemorate his return to the KIRO Radio studio this week, Chris Sullivan joined the exclusive "...
To commemorate his return to the KIRO Radio studio this week, Chris Sullivan joined the exclusive "Stache Club," thanks to state Trooper Rocky Oliphant. (Chris Sullivan/KIRO Radio)
(Chris Sullivan/KIRO Radio)

Many companies in Seattle and across Washington — including at KIRO Radio — are bringing employees back to the office, transitioning out of a fully remote work environment.

Home office space is now ‘very high on people’s list of requirements’

KIRO Radio’s own Chris Sullivan is now returning to the office, which means he’s waking up at 3:45 a.m.

“I have not been going to the office since being diagnosed with COVID on April 29th,” Sullivan told Jack Stine on KIRO Nights.

Sullivan continued working from home even after he recovered from COVID-19. Plus, as he notes, he’s been traveling to places that “aren’t as familiar with masking and/or social distancing,” including Montana to see his son play college football.

“I’ll tell you what, I drove home from Bozeman on Sunday and the alarm went off at 3:45 the next morning and I had to get up,” he said. “I was like, ‘man, working from home is awesome.’ Because right now, I am beat and I’m two days into this.”

“Talk about body being way off,” he added. “And I know there are going to be some people going through similar stuff because now we’ve got the commute, now you get up early. … It’s funny just how much you take all this for granted when the technology has made working [from home] so much easier.”

Now he has to wake up, take care of the cats, make a sandwich, and get out the door with enough time for the commute to Seattle.

“All the stuff you didn’t really worry about when working from home and the sandwich was in the next room over or the cats were with me,” he said. “Just getting back into the swing of things.”

But, Sullivan says, it’s great to see people in person again that he hasn’t seen for six months.

“It’ll get better the more I get used to it, but, boy, I’ve been pampered the last six months,” he said, quickly adding, “Other than, of course, the nearly dying part — but that was so long ago.”

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‘Back into the swing of things’ as Seattle workers return to the office, including at KIRO Radio