A new survey on remote working has found that 57% of respondents have worn their pyjama bottoms while working remotely at least occasionally, with 31% saying they do most of the time or always. 

The survey of 1,000 consumers was carried out by Censuswide on behalf of broadband and telecoms provider Pure Telecom.

The survey also found that 40% of respondents have had an embarrassing episode during a work video call. 

Of these who have, 26% said a pet had unexpectedly made an appearance during a call, while 14% said they had forgotten to change into appropriate clothing before a call.

11% also said that someone in their household walked undressed behind them, and 14% were caught saying something rude when they thought the call was over or the mic was off.

Children made cameo appearances during video calls for 8% of total respondents while 13% of total respondents cited their messy house as a source of embarrassment during a video work call.

The survey findings also highlight a sense of ambivalence among respondents when it comes to being reunited with co-workers or returning to the office after the Covid-19 restrictions ease.

It found that 12% of home working respondents do not miss their colleagues while working remotely, while 19% claim to miss their colleagues, but not enough to make them want to return to the office.

Meanwhile, food topped the list of distractions for remote workers as 38% of respondents identified food and eating as a source of distraction during the remote working day. 

35% of total respondents cited their children or other members of their household as a distraction while working from home, while the television was a distraction for 28% of respondents.

Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom, said that while the shift towards remote working has been very challenging for workers nationwide, there have been some amusing teething problems along the way.

"Our survey also illustrated the different areas of the house that respondents have worked from. Astonishingly, 3% of total respondents acknowledged that they had worked from the toilet, while perhaps more understandably, 25% said they have worked from a sofa or armchair, and 8% from the garden - weather permitting," he said.

Mr Connell said that given the circumstances, there should be a reasonable relaxation of the "seriousness" that has defined the traditional office environment. 

"What matters is that workers are given every chance to make working-from-home work for them. That includes access to high speed broadband, as well as the opportunity to establish their own work rhythm, without unnecessary reprimands from their employer," he added.