An article by Forbes provides some tips on how we can create an Anti-Racist workplace in a virtual world.
With nearly half of the UK’s workforce working from home, many of us are signing on to our day with our pets, kids, and partners as “in real life” co-workers. Though we may be glued to the screen on calls with colleagues, we aren’t sitting down the hall or across the desk. Without the traditional in-office 8-hour workday interspersed with chats about pets, recipes and current events, how can we engage on the issues that matter when we don’t have the opportunity to bring them up in passing? How do we build inclusivity and trust remotely?
There are a few groups we can learn from who have been doing home office for years, building communities around shared experiences. Before so many of us were forced to work remotely because of the global pandemic, people like Sacha Connor had been doing so for a decade. Having worked at Clorox as a marketing executive, she advocated for remote work, citing the benefits of flexibility and productivity, ultimately shifting the company’s culture to expand its remote workforce. Seeing a need for community development and engagement among the company’s growing number of remote workers, Connor launched ORBIT, one of the first virtual worker employee resource groups (ERGs). The original goals of ORBIT were simple: help remote workers be productive and thrive by building a community to discuss shared experiences. Ten year later, Clorox’s remote workers ERG has over 700 members participating in virtual mentoring, group chats and virtual workshops.