Audio antics

19 January 2010

Ain’t technology great? Even when snow and ice keep us imprisoned in our homes, we can carry on working thanks to broadband and teleconferencing.

Admittedly, such modern advances do scupper any chance of a free day off. But at least we’re having a bit of fun when we do have to log in from home.

According to a survey by BT Conferencing, which handles more than 15 million audioconferences a year, more than half of respondents had dialled into a call wearing their pyjamas. More alarmingly, half have done so clad in nothing but their pants, and one-fifth in their birthday suit.

Bed is apparently the most popular location from which to take part in a phone meeting. Even holidays don’t deter those keen businesspeople who don’t want to miss a deal-clinching call, with the ski slopes topping the list of unusual locations. Some participants admit to feeding babies and getting waxed while on a call, and others report having heard toilets flushing and kettles boiling.

Perhaps some of those PJ-clad participants are jobseekers trying to relax in telephone interviews by doing them in their nightwear; or are sticking it to their boss by mooning at the phone during their meeting. Either way, their behaviour is likely to change if videoconferencing becomes the norm.

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