I knew this day would eventually arrive. I just hadn’t realized how much I’d dread it.
With vaccinations steadily rolling out around the United States, my company is beginning to introduce a plan for employees to return to the office. And while the early days of the pandemic found me longing for more IRL human interaction, I’m already feeling wistful for the days of working from home. I’ve got a zenned-out morning routine, no hectic commute, cost-effective and tasty lunches courtesy of my own kitchen, and, perhaps most importantly, a semi-weekly workday tradition: the midday nap.
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!
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.
The thought of commuting to work again hadn’t even crossed my mind until my company’s leadership sent an email to the staff announcing that they were working on the decision of when to reopen the office in 2021. The planning seems premature, if you ask me, especially with Covid-19 cases spiking…
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