Working At Home: Don’t Forget to Put on Pants

Working At Home: Don't Forget to Put on Pants

Your alarm rings at 7:30. You roll out of bed, grab some breakfast, and get dressed for work. You pull on your collared shirt, tie, blazer…and pajama pants?

As Skype and videoconferencing becomes increasingly popular, more employees are working from home. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 20% now work from home. Technological advances such as Skype, Google Docs, Dropbox, and the ease of connecting to the internet and email pretty much anywhere eliminates in many ways the need for employees to actually be in the same room.

Yet with all these advances, a lapse can occur in office formality, as people grow accustomed to working from home. One individual, Gary Testa, was on a video call with a consultant working from his home office. The consultant was dressed in what appeared through the video feed to be business attire; at least from what his colleagues could see through his video feed. Yet, when the consultant rose to answer the door, his colleagues saw he “had on a shirt, tie, and boxer shorts.”

Background noises such as dogs, doorbells, vacuuming, and other daily household noises can disrupt your remote workplaces. Even interior decorating can be a distraction. One software executive had videoconferencing facing his home-office desk- with a large graphic painting of a nude woman behind him. Needless to say, it was quite a distraction.

Meetings have the potential to run off track when everyone is present. Add in technical difficulties and trying to collaborate with coworkers all in various locations can be difficult and time-consuming.

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