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Remote Workers Have Developed Bad Hygiene Habits

Smiling young man with curly hair using tablet computerCRAFTJACK shared the results of a nationwide survey that found personal hygiene habits and workspace cleanliness are seriously lagging behind in-office standards (and are getting worse). It found that many people have let themselves go during the pandemic. Given the situation, it’s natural that we aren’t fussing with all the details we once did. But the extent to which some remote workers have let things slide is, well, alarming. Early in the pandemic, jokes about not wearing pants were abundant. But have we taken things too far? What’s the point of hiring contractors to make your home look nice if you’re going to sit around in your sweatpants watching your toenails grow and respond to most of your emails from the toilet?

A recent survey of  1,255 Americans who transitioned from being office workers to remote workers over the past 24 months asked about the nastiest work-from-home habits.

The habit that has changed most dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic is wearing makeup. Ninety-two percent of those who once wore makeup to the office are wearing less at home, and 56 percent have stopped wearing it all together during work hours. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with not wearing makeup, and it’s not related to hygiene. No doubt there’s widespread relief for many who are able to cut that out of their morning routine.

As for actual hygiene, nearly half of remote workers (46 percent) are showering less than they were before, with one in four (27 percent) saying they only shower twice per week or less.

In addition to asking about what’s being neglected, we also asked what behaviors are on the rise now that so many of us work in the privacy of our homes. A whopping 88 percent of those we surveyed say they work in their pajamas with some regularity, and 84 percent often work barefoot.

A big part of remote work culture is attending virtual meetings, most of them held on video conference software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This made us curious about what unsavory behaviors may be occurring during these meetings. Two in three remote workers (66 percent) admit they’ve attended a virtual meeting without brushing their teeth, and 64 percent have passed gas during a virtual meeting. On top of that, 50 percent say they’ve attended a virtual meeting with noticeable body odor.

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