Survey: 44% of executives have approached employees about ‘inappropriate attire’


"We all know that it’s entirely possible to mess up in the personal style department at work. In fact, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam showed that 44% of top managers have approached an employee because of “inappropriate” clothing.

So it makes sense that style could also have a big influence on moving up the corporate ladder — a staggering 80% of managers and 86% of employees said they think that what you wear to work can impact your chances of scoring a promotion.

Independent research firms surveyed two groups — more than 1,000 American adult office employees, in addition to 300 senior managers and 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. Here are some of the points that stood out."

- Source

What happens when you dress inappropriately for work...

The average person spends around 10-13 minutes putting their outfit together before work each morning, but it seems many people are not putting enough thought into their dress - 32% of managers have had to send home their employees for showing up to work in inappropriate dress.

Matthew Randall, executive director of the CPE - source

“How an individual dresses for work can be a powerful extension of his personal brand. Clothes, accessories and even the footwear an employee chooses to wear help to reinforce or diminish his skills and qualities in the eyes of his employer, co-workers and clients.”

So, what’s okay to wear?


Universal dress rules can't be set in stone, because what is considered appropriate varies by workplace, field and what is happening on a given day. But if such a set list of rules were to be created, there's a good chance it would include:

Modesty: If your outfit is distracting from your skills and talent then it may be time to keep it simple and covered, whether male or female.

Casual Friday: Keeping it simple and in line on "Casual Friday" is key, there no need to wear your weekend sweats or weekend attire.

The Right Shoes: The wrong pair of shoes can throw off a whole work outfit. Make sure your shoes are nice and clean. The wrong pair of heels can be fashionable but not for work, be a team player and wear flats or a shorter pair of heels. 

If you're worried about your outfit on any day or occasion then it may be best to make a safer choice. Every company and office is different depending on work culture so use common sense and know your boundaries. 


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