Research from the Future Forum (Slack) found that a whopping 97% of Black professionals want a hybrid or fully remote work model going forward (as compared to 79% for their White counterparts). Significant news coverage (NBC News, Washington Post, NY Times, Huffington Post) highlights this reality. Why is working from home so strongly preferred by People of Color? Because, in addition to the obvious benefits it affords, including better work/life integration and escaping commutes, Bloomberg reports that Black employees in particular feel "more valued and supported" when working from home than in offices where they experience microaggressions and a low sense of belonging. For employers, this means an increased focus on location flexibility is key, as is improving belonging by attending to the culture to reduce microaggressions.
Many Black employees prefer working from home
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🧵Apart from the obvious benefits of the virtual office, like less time spent commuting, employees also got a break from the emotional labor that comes with working while Black or Brown.https://t.co/oYcAyF0Xhv— The Emancipator (@the_emancipator) April 25, 2022
Over 80% of non-White workers prefer working in a hybrid or fully remote office.— Dr. Tarika Barrett (@DrTarikaBarrett) April 26, 2022
Tech has allowed employees of color to work without carrying the emotional labor that comes with working while Black or Brown in a typical office setting. https://t.co/SMyGkOf53i