Virtual Offices Let You Dress How You Want

MIAMI—There’s an old joke about people who work from virtual offices: You can go to work in your pajamas. That joke may hit home for many who see the results of the latest Adecco survey.

According to Adecco, 72 percent of Americans see backless and strapless blouses as “inappropriate for the workplace.” Meanwhile, 59 percent say shorts are inappropriate at the office and 76 percent believe flip flops don’t belong in the workplace. Even 35 percent are against wearing open-toed shoes to the office.

I work in a virtual office wearing shorts in the summer. And if I want to wear flip flops and a tank top, I can get away with that, too. However, I can see why people wouldn’t find that acceptable in a professional office building. Nobody actually sees me. And if they do they see me from the shoulders up on Skype. Hence, the benefit of working from a virtual office.

In additional findings from the Adecco survey, 69 percent disapprove of mini-skirts in the workplace while 49 percent get the creeps when people bite or use fingernail clippers at work. This is one more way that virtual offices offer the ultimate freedom. If I want to stop in the middle of the workday and cut my fingernails—or even my toenails—I don’t have to worry about grossing anyone out.

Of course, the dress code benefits of telecommuting from a virtual office are just like icing on the cake. There are many other practical benefits of working in a virtual office, like increased productivity, decreased commute time and lower gas (and clothing, for that matter) expenses.

Thanks to Adecco for the fun survey, though, and for giving us one more reason to be proud to work from a virtual office (even in our pajamas.)


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