I think we can all say the ironing pile has been scarce in the last few weeks. It does seem odd not having to dress up for a day in the office.
We have spent our lives dressing formally (to be taken seriously), but with everyone working from home, casual attire has become the new norm.
I remember when Richard Branson (Virgin Group) cut his suit tie to represent the change from business formal to casual. A recent study from Indeed found that casual dress has increased from 32 to 50 percent in the past five years. While ‘casual Fridays’ are the norm in most industries. The future is difficult to predict, who knows, maybe this pandemic may end business formal attire for some, for good.
In the meantime, we have a few ‘hot tips’ for maintaining routine and structure in your home office environment. Before logging in on your computers for the day, try and ensure you have comfortable attire on that isn’t your activewear you’ve had on since the crack of dawn or for some still their pyjamas. Find that clean crisp t-shirt or blouse and those comfy work pants you are so familiar with (may seem like a lifetime ago). Look in the mirror and smile, you’re ready to start a productive day and dressed somewhat the part.