Only about half of your coworkers are always wearing pants while working from home

Jamie BallardData Journalist
May 01, 2020, 4:00 PM GMT+0

During a recent segment on Good Morning America, some viewers noticed that ABC reporter Will Reeve wasn’t wearing pants during the broadcast. A YouGov poll finds that Reeve -- who issued a good-natured statement about his appearance -- is probably far from alone when it comes to going pantsless while working from home.

Nearly half (47%) of Americans working from home aren’t always wearing pants (or other legwear) during their workday.

About one in 14 people (7%) currently working from home due to COVID-19 say they “never” wear pants while working from home. Men (9%) are three times as likely as women (3%) to say they never wear pants/legwear while working from home.

Another 5 percent of this group says they “rarely” wear pants while working from home, while 12 percent say they “sometimes” wear pants while working remotely.

Among those Americans who are working from home and video conferencing with colleagues, many make an effort to tidy up their appearance before video calls.

Just over half (54%) of this group says that they brush their hair before a video conference, while 51 percent say they usually wash their face before a video call. A similar number (49%) brush their teeth, while 39 percent say they put on nicer clothes (like pants, perhaps).

About three in 10 (29%) move their laptop to an area with flattering lighting, 24 percent shave, and 19 percent put on makeup.

Women are especially likely to say they brush their hair (70% vs 42% of men) and put on makeup (35% vs 7% of men) before a video conference.


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Methodology: Total unweighted sample size was 1,327 US adults, including 262 US adults who are currently working at home due to the coronavirus. Survey was conducted online between April 23 - 24, 2020. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).


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