Are pyjamas Ireland’s new work wear?

More than half of Ireland’s remote workers admit they wear their pyjamas while on the job, new research from Pure Telecom reveals.

Covid-19 has shaken the working world to the core but no one has been prepared for the sartorial shenanigans that have followed in its wake.

A survey by Pure Telecom of 1,000 Irish consumers found that 57pc of people have worn their pyjama bottoms while working remotely at least occasionally, with 31pc saying they do most of the time or always.

“During times of stress, I always think it’s important to try and look on the more humorous side of things”

The habitual wearing of pyjama bottoms during the remote working day was more prevalent among female respondents.

Driven to distraction

Woman in pink pyjamas working from couch.

Overall, this trend was highest in the 18-23 demographic, with 17pc of these respondents claiming to always wear pyjama bottoms while working from home, with 32pc of 18-23 year-olds claiming to do so most of the time.

Pure Telecom’s survey also found that 40pc of respondents have had an embarrassing episode during a work video call.

Of these who have, 26pc said a pet had unexpectedly made an appearance during a call, 14pc said they had forgotten to change into appropriate clothing before a call, 11pc said someone in their household walked undressed behind them, while 14pc were caught saying something rude when they thought the call was over or the mic was off.

More broadly, misbehaving children made cameo appearances during video calls for 8pc of total respondents while 13pc of total respondents cited their messy house as a source of embarrassment during a video work call.

The survey findings also highlight a sense of ambivalence among respondents when it comes to being reunited with co-workers or returning to the office. The survey found that 12pc of home working respondents don’t miss their colleagues while working remotely. Additionally, 19pc claim to miss their colleagues, but not enough to make them want to return to the office.

Food topped the list of distractions for remote workers – 38pc identified food and eating as a source of distraction during the remote working day. 35pc of total respondents cited their children or other members of their household as a distraction while working from home, while the television was a distraction for 28pc of respondents.

The funny side of lockdown

“While the shift towards remote working has been very challenging for workers nationwide, there have been some amusing teething problems along the way,” said Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom.

“During times of stress, I always think it’s important to try and look on the more humorous side of things. Our survey, while uncovering some pressing issues for remote workers such as access to broadband, has also highlighted some of the more interesting quirks among those working from home.

“Our survey also illustrated the different areas of the house that respondents have worked from. Astonishingly, 3pc of total respondents acknowledged that they had worked from the toilet, while perhaps more understandably, 25pc said they have worked from a sofa or armchair, and 8pc from the garden – weather permitting!

O’Connell suggested these findings will give people a bit of a lift.

“Given the circumstances, there should be a reasonable relaxation of the ‘seriousness’ that has defined the traditional office environment. So what if your dog makes an on-screen appearance during a work Zoom call, or if the kids start acting up when you’re trying to close a deal. Obviously, some of the findings are more embarrassing, and weirder, than others! But that’s okay, as this is the new reality.

“What matters is that workers are given every chance to make working-from-home work for them. That includes access to high speed broadband, as well as the opportunity to establish their own work rhythm, without unnecessary reprimands from their employer,” O’Connell said.

Pictured at top: Paul Connell, CEO, Pure Telecom

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 27 November, 2020