The study involved staff and students from five medical research institutes in Sydney. Volunteers talked about their working conditions and well-being during the spring lockdown in Australia.
Among those surveyed, 14% admitted that they worked from home in pajamas and rarely changed into other clothes during the day. None of them had a drop in productivity – you can work as efficiently in a home dress code as in an office suit. However, 59% of pajama lovers complained of poor mental health, compared with 26% of the group of participants who preferred to change their clothes before starting the work day. The authors suggested that pajamas could not be a cause, but a consequence of mental problems – people who suffer from anxiety and depression often begin to pay less attention to their appearance.
Scientists have also found that productivity is influenced by more factors than a relaxed dress code: primarily the presence of children at home. Thus, 63% of parents of toddlers reported a significant decrease in the quality of work, 50% reported that it became more difficult for them to deal with manuscripts, 63% reported difficulties with analytics.
Parents of younger schoolchildren feel a little more comfortable – 43% of respondents in this group reported that it became more difficult for them to work. According to respondents, working from home is more difficult to generate new ideas. At the same time, the presence of children at home did not worsen the mental health of the respondents, the authors of the study noted.
Earlier, scientists from the University of Southern California analyzed the physical and mental health of 1,000 Americans working from home during the pandemic. Basically, the respondents complained that they are more often distracted by everyday factors, communicate much less with colleagues, which ultimately leads to a decrease in productivity and satisfaction from the work done.
About 75% of respondents found symptoms of mental illness, with women reporting depression more often than men. More than 64% of people reported new health problems. In particular, many participants complained of neck pain. The survey authors note that women with low incomes reported at least two new health problems that appeared while working remotely.