Thursday, October 19, 2006

Personal habits...

I've only just come across this survey of homeworkers' personal habits. As well as the usual kind of statistics (76% of employees surveyed believe that working remotely is an aid to productivity, etc), there are these much more interesting ones:

"While about 39% of respondents of both sexes said they wear sweats while working from home, 12% of males and 7% of females wear nothing at all. In matters of cleanliness, the difference between the sexes was more pointed: 44% of women surveyed said they showered on work-at-home days, as opposed to men, who were slightly more likely to shave (33%) than wash (30%). 18% of men regularly break off to do household tasks such as laundry, dishwashing or dusting whereas many more women - over 38% - found their attention claimed by chores.

"Respondents also said they took the opportunity to eat and drink outside standard times (about 35%); listen to music (45%) or watch TV (28%); and 21% of all respondents admitted to sneaking in an afternoon nap. A small percentage of those surveyed (9%) admitted to feelings of guilt about being away from the office. Taking a longer lunch than at the workplace was also relatively rare (12%)."

The survey was carried out in the USA but I suspect it rings many bells for UK homeworkers and shedworkers too...

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