Majority of office workers want to ditch formal office wear for good

Majority of office workers want to ditch formal office wear for good

10/08/2020

If there’s one thing we haven’t missed when working from home, it’s having to wear office clothes.

Millions of employees would happily ditch formal garments for good – with many saying they’ll find it hard to part with their slippers when they return to the workplace.

Research of 2,000 adults showed seven in 10 Brits dream of shelving their shirts and ties and wearing casual attire from now on at work.

Meanwhile, two thirds admitted they were 'relieved' to be working from home for longer now.

This allows many to dress down – with the average worker wearing their dressing gown for more than a quarter of their workday.

And 52% have relaxed their look on video calls in recent months.

Many are hoping that the relaxed dress codes will be adopted when we return to “normal”.

A sizeable 44% think their boss would be open to this idea in the future.

And three in 10 believe slippers should be acceptable in the office.

A spokesman from Bedroom Athletics, which commissioned the research, said: "With so many workers having been based at home for so long, perhaps a brief return to their office and now back home again, it's no wonder thoughts around attire choices are changing.

"The results certainly seem to indicate people really value being able to feel comfortable in what they're wearing as they work throughout the day.

"Whether workplaces change their stance long term on what is acceptable remains to be seen, but office workers seem to be enjoying the comfort for now at least."

The study also found 36% have been keeping cosy in loungewear while carrying out their work tasks.

Nearly a quarter have been wearing oversized T-shirts and 34% are often seen in tracksuit bottoms.

A quarter (24%) of participants have even changed out of loungewear ahead of joining a work video call.

But with 86% enjoying no longer having to wear shoes on work time, 36% have kept on trend by wearing sliders.

And almost one in five have opted for a timeless sheepskin slipper.

The study also found that while 28% have missed wearing their office attire in recent months due to working from home, 53% want to keep their casual looks when they return to work.

One in 10 of those surveyed, via OnePoll, would like to be able to wear their slippers to work, while baggy T-shirts, shorts, leggings and comfy sweatshirts are also popular garment choices for the workplace.

Some won't be so lucky though as 56% don't believe their workplace will be open to relaxing the dress code.

This is despite more than eight in 10 believing they work better when they feel comfortable.

Other home comforts workers would like to be a part of their office return would be cushions, a blanket and even their pet.

A spokesman from Bedroom Athletics added: "The thought of wearing a pair of slippers in the office might be amusing to many, but if it helps with productivity, there might be a few people walking around in loafers when offices reopen.

"Clearly comfort is important to people, and it'll be interesting to see if this research is the first signal of the death of the shirt and tie."

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