What Are You Wearing While Working from Home?

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek May 28, 2020
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man working from home in pajamas

​Did someone say hoodies and sweatpants? Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers polled who are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic are wearing more casual clothes and shoving business attire to the back of the closet, according to a recent poll for the Society for Human Resource Management.

Some are even opting to wear their jammies as they work. 

"With just six percent of teleworking Americans wearing business attire at home, and 17 percent working in our pajamas, it's very clear comfort has beaten formality," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM president and chief executive officer. 

"It also reaffirms something many of us may have suspected all along: That colleague in the nice jacket may very well be wearing sweatpants, too." 

He added: "As businesses reopen, employers should review their dress policies, and reaffirm guidelines so executives, employees, and managers alike can ensure pajamas remain worn at home—and not at work."  

Read on for the findings, based on responses from 336 U.S. employees currently working from home and collected by NORC, an independent research organization. The survey was conducted April 30 to May 4. 

Work from home attire poll results.

Source: SHRM poll conducted with NORC, an independent research organization.

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