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Some Black Women Want to Keep Working from Home Because It's Microaggression-Free

Remote work hasn't solved all workplace problems, but some say it's helped.

7/26/2021 9:00:00 AM

Some Black women say remote work has reduced workplace microaggressions and eased the pressure to conform to white expectations of professionalism

Remote work hasn't solved all workplace problems, but some say it's helped.

Washington Post, working from home has been an indisputable good, reducing workplace microaggressions, interactions with rude coworkers, and the pressure to conform to white expectations of professionalism. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re working in isolation: During the last year-plus of the pandemic, many Black women have organized coworking pods with each other—a practice that pre-dates covid, according to the

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Post—creating a version of office life that better suits them.“My co-workers are my best friends because I had the freedom to choose,” 29-year-old Mary Smith, a project manager based in Texas, told thePostof the women in her pod.The importance of these alternative work spaces became especially clear last summer, when the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor spurred protests across the country. Instead of trying to bottle up emotions to get through the workday, women said they could lean extra hard on their coworking communities, knowing that someone would be able to understand what they were going through.

“When Philando Castile died, I didn’t take off work, and the hurt that I felt … I just felt like these people don’t care,” Funke Adeniji, a 28-year-old based in Maryland, told thePost. Whereas last year she found: “I can speak with my community by myself. I’m able to talk about this tragedy online without having to actually walk into work and see that no one cares about it. headtopics.com

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