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

Robert Smith Sr. and Robert Smith Jr. Re-join ARI as Senior Advisors to the Board

first_imgANAHEIM, CA — American Remanufacturers, Inc. announced the return of Robert Smith, Sr. to lead all day-to-day activities and to serve as an advisor to the board. Robert Smith, Jr., will also be rejoining the organization. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Smith, Sr., who retired from ARI in April 2004, is the former chairman of ARI and co-founder of Car Components Technologies, Inc. (CCT), which merged with ARI in March 2003. Rob Smith, Jr., also a co-founder of CCT, will be bringing years of remanufacturing experience and strong vendor and customer relationships to the organization. “I look forward to returning to the automotive aftermarket and getting back to work at ARI. We have great ideas for the future and an outstanding team of dedicated people. Together, we will continue to develop creative solutions for our customers and vendor partners,” said Smith, Sr. Additionally, ARI announced that Brian Johnson has been named chief financial officer. Johnson was formerly CFO of Pliant Corporation, a leading producer of value-added film and flexible packaging products for personal care, medical, food, industrial and agricultural markets with annual sales in excess of $900 million. “Although new to the automotive aftermarket, Johnson is a versatile executive,” said Smith Sr. “In addition to his financial acumen, he has several years of operational leadership experience under his belt. This will be invaluable with respect to finalizing the integration of the ARI businesses and creating the foundation for the company’s growth strategy.” Advertisement Effective with these changes, ARI also stated that Larry Pavey left the company and his position on the board. Pavey joined ARI in May 2003 as chief executive officer and was subsequently named chairman. “I’ve known Larry for many years, as do many people in the industry. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Smith, Sr. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more