Jogging pants or business outfit? Formal blazer or hoodie? Working from home means enjoying a certain degree of freedom. The same applies to your outfit. However, when choosing what to wear at the "home office", you should remember that your clothes impact on the quality of your work.
"Home office" means that you are working from home. It usually means sitting at a desk and working on a computer. You'll still make and take calls, and will participate in online meetings and video conferences instead of face to face meetings. If this is the first time you are working from home, you won't have developed a routine yet, and it won't be easy to switch to work mode in your own cosy four walls. To make it easier for you to start the day in your "home office" successfully, we have compiled a brief guide for beginners. Here are the basic rules for working from home focused and effectively:
Your outfit impacts on the way you work
Clothes maketh the man - there's a lot of truth in this phrase: clothes impact on your image and make an impression on the people you meet. In actual fact, many freelancers don't dress business-like when they work from home. What most of them don't realise is that the impression they give also works from the outside in. So please, don't forget: how you dress has an influence on your individual approach to work.
In front of the PC in your pyjamas?
The most extreme case would be to stay in your pyjamas after getting up and to sit down to work in them. That's not a good idea, as your mind and body associate nightwear with rest and relaxation. You run the risk of working less focused and less productively in an outfit that is all too informal. How would you feel in your pyjamas if you have to take a call from a customer or the bank, and the caller wants to discuss something important with you? Rather insecure, or even unprofessional? Remember, your inner mindset has an impact on your image and can also be sensed on the phone.
Self-management: carefully choose your home working outfit
The right clothing and a suitably well-groomed look promote working effectively. Obviously, this calls for a certain level of self-discipline and self-management. However, the impact this has on the results of your work makes it worth the effort.
The California State University has addressed the question of the degree to which being formally dressed has an impact. It invited 90 students to participate in an association test. Fifty percent of the people tested wore everyday clothes; the others were formally dressed. The test showed that those who were formally dressed were able to think more abstract and saw the bigger picture more clearly.
Working from home - the art of drawing a clear line between job and home life
It's not difficult to separate your job and your home life when working from home. You can contribute a lot to this by choosing the right outfit and through professional conduct. Wear your jewellery as usual; do you hair and make-up as always.
Invest in one or two comfortable trousers that are suitable office wear in colours that are easy to match as well as two or three matching tops. That should be enough to ensure you're well-equipped for working from home. It is also a good idea to have one "girl boss" or "boy boss" piece in your wardrobe, like a perfectly tailored cool blazer that still offers you plenty of room to move, for example. This piece will lift your mood, give you back your confidence when you hit a motivation low and will instantly help you to switch to work mode.