Clothing Optional Work

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March 8, 2006

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It seems like a lifetime ago now but last year after suffering an accident that broke my pelvis in two places, I had to spend 7 weeks working from home while I recovered. Having worked all my life in offices, I have to say that it was at times lonely working from home but it definitely had some perks too.

March 1st, internet security company SonicWALL released the results of an online survey filled out by 941 employees working from home. Surprisingly, 76% of them claimed it helped their productivity and 61% felt that their managers would agree with such a statement. From my perspective, I would say that it takes a great deal of self-discipline to work at home, although in a way you have fewer distractions. For example, if you want to get a something to eat you just head over to the kitchen. My eating habits were so much better at home.

What shouldn't come as a surprise was the casual approach to home dress code. About 39% of all participants admitted to wearing sweats while working from home while 12% of men and 7% of women said they don't wear any clothes at all. Personal hygiene was also laidback with only 44% of females surveyed showering on days worked at home while males favored shaving (33%) over showering by a slim margin (30%). Part of my convalescence was during a heat wave so definitely it was clothing optional. Although showering and shaving remained a daily habit, they sometimes occurred during a mid-morning break rather than happening when I would first wake up. I admit reviewing porn when you're nude and alone can prove distracting from the task at hand. Although, risking that fine line of providing too much information I must also confess that one does have an opportunity to end said distraction in a way that isn't going to happen in an office full of people...

At any rate, when I got back to the regular office life I felt much more in the loop. I eat like crap again but at least the risk of hairy palms and blindness has diminished exponentially.

Posted by Will Peters at March 8, 2006 4:57 AM

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