The Science Behind WFH Dressing for Zoom

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.

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.

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

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Free skills taught on Zoom a lifeline for workers and small business owners

Workers and small business owners worried about falling behind in a rapidly changing digital world have been thrown a lifeline by award-winning educator The Mind Lab.

The company is offering New Zealanders affected by the Covid-19 pandemic free enrolment in a course teaching everything from website creation and management to social media and search engine optimisation and business planning and finance.

Students on the NZQA accredited course will also be guided on digital project management, cybersecurity, online collaboration, and communication.

The Digital Skills in the Workplace course usually costs close to $300 but will be free for the rest of 2020.

The Mind Lab founder Frances Valintine wanted to offer the course at no cost to acknowledge the toll the pandemic had on small business owners.

She said it was a no-brainer to make the course free for eligible Kiwis for the rest of the year as New Zealanders help

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