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December 3, 2014

1 in 10 employees worked from home absolutely naked

Men twice more likely than women preferred smarter 'office wear'.

By CBR Staff Writer

One in ten UK employees admitted communicating with a client naked while working from home (WFH), a new survey reveals.

A study by Altodigital also revealed that 35% of employees favoured staying in their dressing gown or pyjamas while working, with men twice more likely than women preferred smarter ‘office wear’.

Altodigital group sales director Tony Burnett said: "Over the past few years we have seen a clear trend in businesses looking to implement effective WFH policies for their staff and though the many benefits are undeniable, firms must work sensibly to ensure they are getting the most out of their employees when they are working away from the office."

"In order for WFH to work successfully, firms must have a clear and concise WFH policy in place which sets measureable and specific goals for their employees.

"This should be supported by an appropriate IT infrastructure that makes it easy for employees to connect to the server, print and access their relevant documents and feedback their progress to the rest of the team quickly and easily."

About 41% of employees admitted to regularly bunking when WFH, with 6% bunking 100% of a working day.

Highest (27%) respondents cited household chores as major distraction, followed by watching TV (24%) and playing with kids (26%), with 1-in-20 admitting to having a relaxing bath and even taking a nap when ‘on-the-clock’.

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Burnett added: "In order for WFH to work successfully, firms must have a clear and concise WFH policy in place which sets measureable and specific goals for their employees.

"This should be supported by an appropriate IT infrastructure that makes it easy for employees to connect to the server, print and access their relevant documents and feedback their progress to the rest of the team quickly and easily."

Further, one-in-five of them admitted server connectivity issues, slow internet (40%) and an printer issues (11%) when WFH, illustrating that several organisations not providing appropriate technologies prepared to cater for effective homeworking.

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