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March 06, 2006

Naked news goes telecommuting

The California-based internet security company SonicWALL did a survey of telecommuters and came up with interesting results.

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.

OK, so that's not the interesting part of it. The company's survey asked about personal hygiene and behavior.
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.