A new study finds that while working in your pajamas during the pandemic does not lower productivity, it remains problematic for our mental health. According to this study by Australian researchers, 41% of people say they saw an increase in productivity when working from home, while more than a third of those polled said that working from home had caused a deterioration. of mental health.
When researchers looked at the effects of wearing pajamas on productivity and mental health, they found it was associated with more frequent reports of poor mental health. 59% of participants who said they wear pajamas during the day at least once a week admit that their mental health deteriorates when working from home, compared to 26% of participants who do not wear pajamas while telecommuting.
“Although we cannot determine whether wearing pajamas is the cause or consequence of deteriorating mental health, appreciation of the effect of clothing on cognition and mental health is increasing, as it has been observed in hospitalized patients. Encouraging patients to wear normal daytime clothes can reduce the severity of depression, ”explain the researchers behind the study.
A symbol of poor mental health
“The simple advice to change before starting work in the morning may partially protect against the effects of sanitary restrictions and on mental health, and would be less expensive than the more popular ‘trendy’ nightwear or loungewear. , working from home becoming the norm. “
The study also looked at the impact of children on people working at home. Unsurprisingly, the study finds that 63% of people working from home with a toddler report a drop in their overall productivity. Likewise, people with primary school children at home while working agree that their productivity is hampered.
However, the study shows that by far the most common causes of teleconferencing disruptions are internet connectivity problems. Other frequently reported interruptions are from toddlers or other members of the household of their colleagues, which the study finds include “anecdotes of colorful behavior from roommates not suitable for publication.” .