Executives Prefer to Work With Minimal Coverage, Report Says

Did you know that more than a quarter of executives like to work in their underwear--and that a considerably higher percentage of support staff are glad that they don't?

Okay, I made that second part up, but the first statistic came from a report released Tuesday by a company that puts on virtual events, based on its survey of some 2000 executives.

"Twenty-seven percent prefer virtual trade shows and conventions over their physical counterparts because they can network in their underwear" or pajamas from the comfort of their home, according to the press release from ON24.

ON24 specializes in Webcasting and virtual event technology, so any survey it releases on this topic must be taken a quart or two of salt. But that does nothing to reduce the powerful mental image of over 500 business executives working in their underwear. We can be thankful they're not going to conferences in person.

The report lists other reasons why executives said they prefer paying for virtual meetings over facing their peers in the flesh.

"Twenty-eight percent of executives said a key benefit to virtual shows is not getting roped into awkward social encounters while 25 percent liked that they could avoid annoying people and 14 percent liked that they didn't have to hang out with their coworkers."

These reasons make a great deal of sense, especially if a significant amount of those coworkers are showing up less than fully dressed.

ON24 claims that a whopping 92 percent of executives prefer virtual events because they don't have to travel--possibly a reaction to the Transportation Security Administration's heavy-handed search procedures. I'm sure TSA employees are happy with that statistic. They don't want to see executives in their underwear, either.

PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector works at home, and although he always wears underwear when he works, he almost always has something over it.

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