Why Your Body Image Might Be Impacting Your Quality of Work

“The creature comforts of working from home are a plus.”

Whether you’re working from home, or in the office, your body image is likely subconsciously impacting the way you work. A whopping 74% of people feel that positive body image has a direct correlation to achieving their career goals, per a new study from LIMITLESS and the WHY group at Horizon Media.

And women are lagging behind: they’re 1.5 times more likely to have a negative perception of their bodies than men.

Interestingly enough, as many of us have shifted from offices to our homes, the study says “the creature comforts of working from home are a plus.” “When people were at the office and interacting with coworkers, 65% felt very or extremely comfortable in their bodies, and to boost their confidence they would wear a flattering outfit. Now that they are home, nearly 9 in 10 feel the same or better in their bodies as they have more control over knowing exactly when they will be seen.”

Some other interesting takeaways?

  • Pre Covid-19, nearly 1 in 5 people said their body image had a negative impact on their career.
  • 51% of those with a negative body image report feeling inadequate in the workplace, compared to 21% with positive body image.
  • Virtual meetings have presented their own challenges: People are 3 times less comfortable with their bodies on-camera.
  • Since Covid-19, women have put more effort into the things that gave them self confidence, like getting more sleep and working out.
  • Men haven’t changed too many of their habits since the pandemic. They have put generally an equal amount of effort into things that gave them self-confidence before.

This originally appeared on Medium.