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Survey: 12 percent of at-home workers skip video due to lack of clothes

A survey of stay-at-home workers in the United States found 12 percent of respondents had kept their webcams off during video meetings because they were naked or only partially clothed. Photo by Aksa2011/Pixabay.com
A survey of stay-at-home workers in the United States found 12 percent of respondents had kept their webcams off during video meetings because they were naked or only partially clothed. Photo by Aksa2011/Pixabay.com

March 26 (UPI) -- A survey of stay-at-home workers in the United States suggests 12 percent of workers have kept their cameras switched off during video calls due to a lack of clothing.

Mentimeter, an interactive presentation tool, announced it commissioned a survey of 1,500 people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and found 12 percent of respondents admitted to keeping their video cameras off during meetings on Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts because they were naked or only partially clothed.

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The company also said 44 percent of those surveyed admitted they dressed in more professional attire specifically for video meetings, while 16 percent said they had re-arranged their homes to look more professional in the background of a video call.

A total 11 percent of respondents reported seeing "something that they considered unprofessional" in the background of a coworker's video call.

The survey also suggests 56 percent of workers feel their opinions are heard less in video calls than during an in-person meetings and 25 percent believe their contributions aren't being acknowledged as much as when working in an office.

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