Telework: We are efficient, even in Pyjamas

Telework is a new trend. Teleworking brings up new issues. For example, this study shows that working at home in pyjamas has no impact on our productivity.

Wearing pyjamas was not correlated with differences in productivity among people who telecommute. According to a new study published in The Medical Journal of Australia, working in pyjamas has no impact on our productivity.

To reach these conclusions, the researchers asked participants to rate their work performance with or without pyjamas. Conclusion: “the wearing of pyjamas was not associated with differences in productivity”, they write.

On the other hand, people who worked in pyjamas felt worse psychologically than others. “Wearing pyjamas was significantly associated with more reports of degraded mental health (59% vs 26% for those who work without pyjamas)”, continue the researchers.

Telework has become widespread in France due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Working at a distance has given birth to new uses and new practices. Some telecommuting habits include staying in your pyjamas all day in front of your computer while you work. Because yes, for several months, many employees have swapped suits, suits and jeans for nightgowns and pyjama bottoms.

This very casual attire is sometimes accused of demotivating employees and reducing their productivity. But according to an Australian study, this misconception is wrong. To find out whether working in pyjamas affects employee productivity, scientists surveyed from April 30 to May 18, 2020, the results of which were published in The Medical Journal of Australia. The work was carried out with researchers and administrative staff from five research institutes.

“Support parents and people at the start of their careers.” Besides, having children at home when they are still small greatly influences the work of parents. More enormous proportions of people with young children estimated that their overall productivity was reduced compared to others (63% against 32%), whether in writing (50% against 17%) or paper.

Data analysis (63% vs 23%). A more marked trend among those who were at the beginning of their professional career than among seniors.

In contrast, the presence of children at home during confinement has not been associated with mental health deterioration. “These figures encourage support for parents and people at the start of their careers,” the scientists conclude.