Working from home has been a saviour for women of colour

Sanmeet Kaur

Being the only woman of colour in the office meant I often felt like an imposter (Picture: Sanmeet Kaur)

A few months into working from home, I noticed a quiet new thrill in waking up for work.  

In most of my jobs to date, I have worked in small offices and have often been the only woman of colour. 

On many occasions, I was often the first one in the office and the last one out. Nobody realised how overworked I was but I felt an urgent need to ‘prove’ I belonged there. When there are so few people who look like you in the workplace, you feel easily disposable.

I often felt like an imposter, so as a way of ‘overcorrecting’, I was desperately trying to do my own work as well as supporting others.

When asked to do additional tasks, rather than speak up about my workload being too much (in the way I’d seen my white female colleagues do) I quietly got on with it, and in the process constantly burned myself out.

Working from home has allowed me to reflect on this as the pressure of saying ‘no’ to somebody’s face feels somewhat less when done virtually; I feel much more able to draw my own personal boundaries.

As a result, I have found that I have more energy, and speed through tasks that would normally take me hours to complete in the office.

A lot of other people I know have also experienced this.

The women of colour I have spoken to describe it as something akin to a huge weight being lifted off their shoulders. It’s as if in the office environment they had been wearing an invisible coat of armour, and now finally they have shed it.  

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Source:: Metro News

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