With remote work becoming the new normal for most companies, employees recognize the overall benefits of working from home– like having more time to spend with family and less time commuting, for example. However, for many Black employees, working from home has meant something different– the chance to work in an environment that’s free of microaggressions and implicit biases.
While working from home, Black employees aren’t just working– they’re thriving. Home is, essentially, a refuge from office politics that can make Black people feel uncomfortable, invisible, and undervalued.
With this added benefit, remote work helps Black employees to feel more secure in their abilities and focused on their tasks. In the great debate of ‘returning to the office’, companies should first recognize the real experiences of Black people in an office setting.