The California-based internet security company SonicWALL did a survey of telecommuters and came up with interesting results.
OK, so that's not the interesting part of it. The company's survey asked about personal hygiene and behavior.
76% of employees surveyed believe that working remotely is an aid to productivity and 61% are also convinced that their managers agree with them. Security came low on the list of priorities, however, with 88% of the individuals surveyed admitting to storing passwords in easily-discovered locations, and only 12% employing encrypted files to store and manage their login data.
All respondents were relaxed about their personal habits when working remotely. While about 39% of respondents of both sexes said they wear sweats while working from home, 12% of males and 7% of females wear nothing at all. In matters of cleanliness, the difference between the sexes was more pointed: 44% of women surveyed said they showered on work-at-home days, as opposed to men, who were slightly more likely to shave (33%) than wash (30%). 18% of men regularly break off to do household tasks such as laundry, dishwashing or dusting whereas many more women -- over 38% -- found their attention claimed by chores.Did we get your attention? That's what I thought. And the UPI article on the survey (via BOTWT) focused on exactly those points.
For the record, when I telecommute one day a week, I shower, shave, and wear a loin cloth. Under my tuxedo.