Yes, your telecommuting colleagues just might be in their PJs

Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM ET

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If you suspect that your colleagues who work from home are lounging in their PJs during important conference calls, your instinct may be right.

A new survey from jobs website CareerBuilder finds that three in 10 telecommuters admit to working in their pajamas.

The survey of more than 5,000 full-time workers also found that 10 percent of Americans are telecommuting at least once a week. That’s up two percentage points from 2007, the year the recession began.

The advent of smart phones, Web-based corporate technology and other advances appear to be making it easier for people to spend an entire work day at home.

The CareerBuilder survey found that that more than a third of workers who telecommute are working remotely eight hours or more a day. That’s double the percentage of people who were putting in a full day of work at home four years ago.

Telecommuters appear to be split on where they are more productive. CareerBuilder said 37 percent of telecommuters think they are more productive at the office, while 29 percent say they are more productive at home. The rest said they are equally productive in both places. 

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