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The Only Black Guy in the Office

As offices reopen, saying goodbye to the mid-workday nap might be the hardest

Illustration: Michael Kennedy

I knew this day would eventually arrive. I just hadn’t realized how much I’d dread it.


LEVEL’s own The Only Black Guy in the Office sounds off on the latest in corporate America–related news in a brand-new column

After a year like 2020, it’s no surprise that diversity training in corporate America has become big business — a cottage industry that has made bank for its practitioners. Companies that have participated in these sessions have been completely transformed in their operation, rewiring the minds of employees from executive to entry level and shifting the seesaw of privilege into a more balanced position. Well, at least that was the goal. Turns out, studies have shown that the DEI boom is largely ineffective in removing workplace inequity — in many cases, these trainings can have the opposite effect. Doh!


THE ONLY BLACK GUY IN THE OFFICE

Demands? Nah. But if you want me back at a desk, call them ‘action items.’

Illustration: Michael Kennedy

Like many of us, I initially expected the shift to mass remote work to be a short-lived adjustment — four to six weeks of working from home, just enough time to make an office return feel refreshing. Now, almost eight months later, it’s hard to imagine ever going back.

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