Smarten up – it will pay off

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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.

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