Inspired by our curiosity about the context of what a return to on-site work may feel like, we asked 36,242 professionals in Canada to share their current experiences and emotions about the future. We received 1,535 responses.
Question 10 of the survey asked respondents about their #1 choice of attire when working from home. Take a look at the results…
It looks like we are getting a lot more use out of our sportswear and leisure wear these days! Some leading brands are adapting to this shift (hello, Lululemon “Apartment Cardio gear” and Joe Fresh’s online “Lounge Shop”).
With 1 in 2 people enjoying jeans and sportswear, we wonder what the future of dress code will look like in the workplace. If we return to work wearing face masks and gloves, will we do our make-up and style our hair? Will there be a surge in the number of beards hiding behind masks?! We’ve wondered out loud what our business footwear will feel like when we return – high heels and stiff leather dress shoes may have lost their appeal!
For the almost 1 in 10 who still wear business attire while working from home, we’ll deduce they may need to “dress for the part”. For some, the psychology of changing into work clothes may actually change their mindset and help prepare for the business day. Others may dress for their interactions with customers, employees, and suppliers.
In terms of gender comparisons, men are more likely than women to wear work attire (13% male vs. 6% female); whereas women are more likely than men to wear sportswear (54% female vs 37% male).
We laughed about the 13% who chose business attire from the waist up! We hope they remember not to stand up during a video conference. Or much like Will Reeve (son of the late Christopher Reeve), a newscaster on Good Morning America, who was caught on camera with a suit jacket and boxer short combination.
Only 3 people admitted to wearing nothing at all – we wonder if that’s the truth though! We took a look and found a study by Mentimeter, 1 in 6 (16%) of UK employees have avoided switching on their cameras for a work video call because they were naked or partially clothed. I guess we Canadians are a little more modest!