Smarten up – it will pay off
LOOKING sharp when you walk into the office might be good for your ego, but it is even better for your career prospects.
A survey of more than 1000 people finds 73 per cent see colleagues with unstyled hair as less professional than their better-groomed counterparts.
Perhaps surprisingly, four in 10 believe redheads are the least professional of all workers, with blondes coming a close second (29 per cent).
Bossy Hair founder Antoinette Thorpe, whose Brisbanebased company commissioned the survey, says perceptions and impressions are unfortu- nately based on more superficial issues than we would like to believe.
‘‘ Although it’s not as common these days to find office jobs with a strict dress code, it’s only natural for employers to expect their staff to be well presented at all times,’’ Thorpe says. ‘‘ After all, they are representing the company they work for.
‘‘ As the old adage goes, first impressions count and people generally make an effort when they start a new job.
‘‘ However, as they get more comfortable in the workplace, the standard often slips.
‘‘ Unfortunately, so does the respect their colleagues might have had for them.’’
The survey also finds 74 per cent believe women who wear their hair loose look less proficient than those who tie it back.
Fifty-two per cent of men and 64 per cent of women claim to perform better at work when they look good.
‘‘ It’s even more important to look good when you’re in a customer-facing role,’’ Thorpe says.
‘‘ Flight attendants are expected to look perfect at all times. They understand the importance of a polished appearance.’’
PERFORMING STYLE: Maintaining a well-groomed look at work can make a difference.