We’ll Be Better Co-Workers After Coronavirus

Seeing our colleagues in their home environment is giving us a chance to create a more compassionate work culture

Kristin Wong
Forge

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Photo: Tom Werner/Getty Images

I’m watching the weather on the local news.The meteorologist, from the earth-toned comfort of his home office, tells me to expect rain tomorrow. I can see out his window, where it looks like his neighbors are taking a casual stroll along the sidewalk. Briefly, his tablet stops working, and he sheepishly apologizes to me and everyone else who’s watching him.

I can empathize: I’m not on TV, but over the past couple months, I’ve subjected my coworkers to plenty of snafus: tech issues, background noise, views of the messy corners of my home. With so much of the world working from home right now, we’re getting rare glimpses into the personal lives of the people we work with. The polished facades that signal professionalism — suits and ties, corporate meeting rooms, a distinct lack of screaming kids in the background — have crumbled.

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Kristin Wong
Forge
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Kristin Wong has written for the New York Times, The Cut, Catapult, The Atlantic and ELLE.