How Leaders Can Handle Remote Work's Diversity Challenges
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Remote work can in many ways seem to be a great democratizing force. There are no corner offices because everybody is working at home. And though we might weary of seeing each other in little Zoom boxes, at least those boxes are all the same size.
But as with many things on screens, appearances can be deceptive. Remote work can also risk sustaining office biases, presenting another challenge to your association’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on how virtual offices tend to sustain divisions and separate people of color from office support networks. “When the leader is looking for someone to take up the mantle, most of them go to the comfort zone of people who remind them of themselves,” McKinsey consultant Sara Prince said to the newspaper. “This is exacerbated by the virtual office.”
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