Coronavirus survey, Coronavirus Survey: Employees Ditching Makeup, Shaving, and Even Pants on Zoom Calls

Coronavirus Survey: Employees Ditching Makeup, Shaving, and Even Pants on Zoom Calls

In our latest coronavirus survey, 53.97 percent of women say they stopped wearing makeup, 29.78 percent of men stopped shaving, and 1 out of 10 employees aren’t wearing pants on that Zoom call…

Every day, hundreds of thousands of professionals use Fishbowl, a workplace social network for verified employees. This allows us to survey these employees on trending, work-related topics. 

For nearly two months, millions of employees have been working from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This recent shift to remote work has certainly been an adjustment for all; in our recent surveys, we have discovered that 54% fear layoffs at their company, 62% of working parents are unable to juggle childcare while working from home, 42% of workers drink while working from home, and only 1/3 of employees are exercising more than before the pandemic.

This week we explored virtual meetings and how they impact employee’s professional attire and appearance while on the clock. For female users of the Fishbowl app, we asked, “How has your makeup routine changed since work from home started?” and for male users, “Have your shaving habits changed since work from home started?”

Survey Results: Working from Home Shaving and Makeup Habits

Coronavirus survey, Coronavirus Survey: Employees Ditching Makeup, Shaving, and Even Pants on Zoom Calls
Fishbowl Coronavirus Survey: How has your makeup routine changed since working from home?
  • Makeup Free 53.97%of women answered that they have completely stopped wearing makeup, while 22.2% say they no longer wear makeup as often. In short, ¾ of women have either reduced the frequency they wear makeup, or stopped wearing makeup altogether, and have embraced going natural instead.
Coronavirus survey, Coronavirus Survey: Employees Ditching Makeup, Shaving, and Even Pants on Zoom Calls
Fishbowl Coronavirus Survey: How have your shaving habits changed since working from home?
  • Beards are Back – 29.78% of men have stopped shaving and 40.57% reduced the frequency they shave.

We didn’t just end there, either. With Zoom and other video conferencing now the norm, we wanted to know if employees are focusing less on their attire while working from home. We asked Fishbowl users this question: “Do you wear pants while on video conference calls?”

Video Conferencing Work Attire Survey Results:

  • 9.61% of people wear only underwear below the belt during video conference calls.
  • Only 3% of professionals wear professional attire in video meetings.
  • Overall, 75.20% answered with Pajamas, Sweats, Shorts, or Leggings; 12.50% answered with Jeans; 9.61% answered with Just Underwear; and 2.69% answered with Professional Attire. 
  • When looking at results by gender, men answered that they video conference in their underwear at more than three times a higher rate, with 14.27% vs 4.72%.
Coronavirus survey, Coronavirus Survey: Employees Ditching Makeup, Shaving, and Even Pants on Zoom Calls
Fishbowl Coronavirus Survey: Do you wear pants while on video conference calls?

Previous Fishbowl Coronavirus Survey Results

Looking for more data showing the impact Covid-19 is having on employees? Here’s what we found in four other recent surveys:

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