When I graduated from college and entered the business world, I was taught to present myself in such a way that essentially was like wearing a mask. From my attire, hair and makeup to behavior such as arriving early and staying late, my mask set others’ perceptions of my quality of work, my aptitude, and my drive for career progression. I dressed for the role I wanted, mirroring managers and executives and the masks they wore.
Over the years, the corporate mask has evolved, but it hasn’t been fully removed. Jeans and flexible schedules have surfaced, but there was still an unspoken barrier preventing the human connection — this “dreadful” mask my colleagues and I were wearing. We had in-person interactions with leadership, but managers still didn’t seem vulnerable and relatable, as they continued to wear their own seemingly artificial masks.
All that has changed in the last few weeks, as the business world has been thrust into the remote work experience by the Covid-19 pandemic. How so? Daily, I log onto live-video calls sporting a t-shirt and athletic shorts, with less makeup on my face and my hair thrown up in a bun. Our leadership staff have also embraced a much more…
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