That realization made him excited this summer when he found out that the team at his new company, community-growth platform Common Room, encourages staff to go into the office one or two days a week, on Tuesdays or Fridays. Appiah likes this guidance, which he says gives him a gentle nudge that gets him into the office and ultimately makes him feel better. 

He has recently discovered another perk, too. The office, with its relative cleanliness — and an audience — is a great place to showcase his collection of designer sneakers.

So before one of Appiah’s first days as head of business development at Common Room a few weeks ago, he got up, got ready, slipped into a pair of gray and white Dior Jordans and went into the office. 

By Charlie Wells