Remote work can have its downsides, such as cramped apartments, interminable Zoom calls, and difficult parenting tasks. For many black workers working in white-collar positions, however, it greatly enhances the employee experience.
In the past year, black workers in so-called “knowledge” roles (such as graphic design or data analysis) are more likely to say that they are treated more fairly, value their colleagues more, and feel better from management. More support. Survey conducted by Future Forum, a research group created by Slack Technologies.
Surveys of over 10,000 people revealed that 26 percent of black respondents said they were treated fairly at work, compared to one year ago. There have also been other issues in their lives. Similar large growth. Overall, black American workers reported that their work experience is improving. Recent surveys have shown that the reactions to other ethnicities are stable.
Ella Washington, a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, said: “Virtualization makes the playing field more fair.” “Because everything is virtual, we have less informal small talk face to face. Virtualization will help anyone feel more connected, especially for those who aren’t in these conversations often.
These results support a long-term survey that found that black workers, and especially black women feel less valued and respected than their white colleagues. In the largest companies in the United States, blacks make up a very small percentage of employees—and their status on the corporate ladder is getting lower and lower. They cite racism, discrimination, and daily contempt as reasons why they are unable to make progress.
Slack, the company that commissioned the survey has seen a rise in remote workers. Remote work can be a great way to enhance a person’s experience at work. The findings complicate the task to get back to the office, particularly if the company is trying its best to increase diversity.
The delta version has delayed the return of most companies in person but the number has increased. Future Forum polls revealed that two-thirds (or more) of executives believe they are creating post-pandemic labor policies. Employees have very little direct input. This could lead to employee dissatisfaction, and possibly increased turnover, in the months ahead.
Nearly all respondents (93%) desire flexibility in the workplace. More than three quarters of employees surveyed wanted it. However, the survey showed that more black respondents desired flexible work hours than those of white workers. Some companies are paying attention to this need: Accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said last week that its 40,000 US customer service employees can permanently work remotely, making it one of the largest employers to do so.
Future Forum’s survey found that this freedom is important to everyone, but it “has the most significant impact on underrepresented and historically marginalized populations”.
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