How dressing up to work from home changes your mindset for the greater good

How dressing up to work from home changes your mindset for the greater good

John NguyenFeb 16, '17

I've worked from home pretty well my entire working life and It would be a big fat lie if I had said I've never slacked and taken advantage of it. I have taken conference calls from the bed, siesta's in the afternoon and have gotten distracted or slacked off more times than I can count. **Sorry but not sorry old bosses**

We all know that when you work at home, you can wear whatever you want. You can roll out of bed in your PJs and get straight to work. That’s the beauty of being able to work from home. As I think back now, whenever I was ready in front of my computer before the day started there was an immediate improvement in my productivity.

Now that I work solely for myself, a morning routine has become even more important for me. I've made a choice that getting dressed and preparing for the day ahead is a top priority for me. No matter where I'm working from, hotel, home or wherever I do my best to take the 20-30 minutes to get myself prepared for the day. It doesn't mean getting dressed to the nines but collared shirt and pair of pants (suitable for leaving the house) is enough to help me get into the right frame of mind. 

Have a read for some other great benefits of taking the time each morning to "get ready" even though you are working from home, whether you work for someone else or for yourself. I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the results. 


1. You create a sense of company culture.

If the company you are working for has a dress code, it would keep you on the same page as the rest of the team. This way, even if you’re in a conference call and are working from home, it shows that you’re neither above or below the rest of the team. Even if it isn’t part of the company culture, staying in work clothes (ie. Dress shirt and dress pants) can unconsciously raise you and your teammates' level of expectations for one another to perform better.

2. It alerts others in your household.

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to be bothered by the people in your household. If you dress up while working at home, it shows them that you are in work mode whereas if you were in casual clothing, it can be hard to tell if you’re just browsing the internet or are striving to implement your next marketing plan. Dressing up to work at home is equivalent to having a “Do not disturb” sign on you.

3. You look and feel better.

Just as a police officer wears a uniform, your clothing will have symbolic meaning too. According to a study published in the Human Resource Development Quarterly, they had found that people felt more authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing business formal attire.

4. You become more productive.

When working from home, it can be easy for it to seem like work never ends. Here’s an extra tip. Set working and non-working hours for yourself. When you’re done working, make sure you change out of your work clothes. This way, you make the distinction between work-time and non-play time.

When you are dressed up and you know you need to be finished doing work at a certain time, your level of focus at the moment increases. Because you know you will be finished at a pre-determined time, you will work harder to be productive before your deadline. Once the time is up, you can change out of your clothes and be able to fully relax without thinking about other work because you know you’re not supposed to be working anymore.

These are the benefits of dressing up when you are working from home. It may not work for everyone, but the next time you work from home, it’s worth giving it a shot if it has the potential to boost your career.

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