COVID changed how we look at work. Will we ever go back?

For these of us who have been unexpectedly thrust into working from residence a 12 months in the past, the largest change in our work lives is probably going in how we work together with our colleagues. Many people have spent hours a day, on a regular basis for over a 12 months seeing (and being seen in) little containers on Zoom screens.

This systematic change, amid the extra stress of the pandemic, has had many people vastly stress-free the that means of enterprise informal. However it’s not equal. As with many points of office communication, there are a whole lot of energy dynamics at play, together with race, gender, and expertise stage.

Some let their grooming requirements slack, embracing longer, less-styled hair, sweats and lounge put on, or make-up free faces. However some girls nonetheless really feel the strain to look extra “skilled,” whether or not from a concern of not being taken significantly or from cultural strain.


Pre-pandemic, many ladies spent a major extra quantity of money and time on their look in contrast with their male counterparts, and never doing so got here usually at an expert price. Some knowledge means that strain hasn’t gone away whereas we’ve been working from residence. Sephora’s on-line gross sales for instance have been up 30% in 2020, whereas in China, revenues for different magnificence business retailers together with Amazon, rose 20 to 30%.

This strain to look “put collectively,” coupled with caregiving duties, noisy roommates, and extra, could be why 39% of girls in a 2020 Harris ballot stated they flip off their video throughout digital work conferences as a result of they don’t like the best way they look, in comparison with simply 25% of males.

Within the first episode of Quick Firm‘s new podcast Hit the Floor Working, I joined hosts Christina Royster and Yasmin Gagne to speak about all of those matters. In our wide-ranging dialogue we coated every thing from: When we flip our cameras off (and why), how informal we are comfy dressing (and how that varies from a lot of our male counterparts), how our grooming habits have changed (particularly if and when we put on make-up), anxieties about our residing areas, blurring the private {and professional} line, and how this prolonged time working remotely may change magnificence requirements sooner or later.

Take heed to the complete episode right here:


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