Have you noticed how recent athleisure style trends have blurred the line between clothing and comfort? This attitude towards apparel can sometimes be taken to the next level when working at home. While many people may think that they no longer should or need to dress up, and for some the thought of staying in their pajamas all day comes to mind, dressing up can be key for work at home success.
Did you know that your workplace attire and clothing choices can affect your self-perception? A recent survey found that business casual wear can make people feel friendlier, while formal business wear can evoke a feeling of authority, trust and competence. Dressing casually because you work from home can and will impact your work productivity in a negative way. Dressing professionally at home during your office hours indicates and signifies that you are now your “work self” and work appropriate. This can help keep you present and may lead to higher levels of engagement with your tasks. We commonly recognize this phenomenon as “dress for success!”
Dressing professionally for your home office also allows others in your home to know that you are currently working and cannot be disturbed. Maintaining a professional perception in your home office during your work hours can help convey boundaries for those in your household to know when you are off limits to hang out or lend a hand with household tasks.
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