The Science Behind WFH Dressing for Zoom

first_img… Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media > It turns out there’s actual science to back up that feeling. Researchers studying links between clothes, brain activity and productivity have long found that dressing up for work can improve your performance. Some are now turning their attention to how these factors play out in dressing for remote work and Zoom meetings—including the unexpected rise of the nice tops/schlubby bottoms combo. … His research, published when he was a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2012, used white lab coats to test the impact of clothes on psychological processes. In other research, a 2015 study found that dressing more formally for work leads to the higher levels of abstract, big-picture thinking associated with someone in a powerful position. The study’s co-author Michael Slepian, associate professor of leadership and ethics at Columbia Business School, is beginning to look at whether this still holds for people working from home. “There are a lot of good reasons the findings could still apply today,” says Dr. Slepian. “All you need to do is just dress a little bit more formally than you would at home normally.” In a series of experiments, subjects competed on attention tests. The first pitted a group wearing lab coats against a group wearing street clothes—those wearing lab coats performed better. In the second and third tests, one group was told the white lab coats were doctor’s coats, another was told they were painter’s coats and another wore street clothes while only looking at a white lab coat. In all tests, those who thought they were wearing doctor’s coats had superior results. The research showed that the combination of wearing certain clothes and their symbolic meaning led to more focused attention, Dr. Galinsky says. “That theory has held up remarkably well.” The rise of video calls has added complexity to an area of research known as “enclothed cognition,” or what signals clothes send to the brain, says Dr. Adam Galinsky, co-author of the pre-pandemic research that coined the term. “In some ways, the clothes that you wear might have an even bigger impact because we can often see ourselves and what we’re wearing and that sort of draws that symbolic value [attached] to it even closer to our consciousness,” he says. Mina Khan, an information-technology consultant who’s been working from home in Houston since March, tried wearing sweatpants and hoodies instead of the blouses and dress pants she typically wore to the office. It didn’t work. “Eventually I shifted to dressing the way I used to before because I realized it puts me in a better mental space when I’m working,” says the 26-year-old.last_img read more

Below The Radar: Derek Penfold Perloff takes no short cuts with Panther

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News in Brief – January 2014

first_imgZhengzhou Railway Bureau has signed agreements with SF Express, China Post and UPS to carry express parcels on high speed trains, starting with the Beijing – Guangzhou line. Rail transport is expected to be 50% cheaper than by air. UK pension investor the Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd has increased its stake in Sydney’s Airport Link Co with the acquisition of a 49·9% interest from Westpac Essential Services Trust. Local infrastructure investment manager CP2, which also owns a stake in ALC, will provide on-going asset management services. USS was advised by EY and Johnson Winter & Slattery. Swiss Federal Railways has opened stations at Biel/Bienne Bözingenfeld/Champs-de-Boujean, Bellach and Solothurn Allmend on the Olten – Solothurn – Biel/Bienne route to serve new urban developments and improve links to bus services. The Netherlands’ Overijssel province is to electrify the Zwolle – Kampen line at a cost of €25m, and a station is to be built at Stadhagen. Braunschweig transport authority ZGB is to directly award DB Regio a contract to operate services around Hannover, Wolfsburg and Braunschweig for one year from December 2014. The EU is to provide €11m as part of its TEN-T Programme for preparatory works for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the UK’s Great Western Main Line between Maidenhead and Bristol. The project also includes gauge clearance work for freight.last_img read more

Slick Roads Send Many to Hospital

first_imgPedestrians and motor vehicles found it difficult to gain traction on the sleek surfaces, but so far no serious injuries have been reported. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ambulances were kept on a constant rotation last night as emergency calls relating to icy roads kept coming. Just before noon, Troopers and Central Emergency Services extricated a 31-year-old Soldotna woman from a vehicle which slid off the road at the intersection of National Avenue and Mackey Lake Road. Kate Sutton escaped with minor injuries, a 10-month-old baby in the car was uninjured.center_img Drivers are encouraged to slow down, brake slowly, and take some time to examine current road conditions.last_img read more