Physical appearance and its importance in the Workplace

It is said that a person should dress the way he/she would like to be addressed. This simply means that the way your physical appearance  in the workplace has psychological implications to the people you interact with daily. As the saying goes, perception is reality; other people address you according to the attire you wear.

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Physical appearance in the workplace matters

More often than not, is not unusual to find some employees in the workplace wearing in an awkward and absurd manner in order to draw attention to themselves for all the wrong reasons. Their physical appearance and eccentricity of their clothes make them resemble a fashion plate or scarecrow.

In the process, they make a spectacle of themselves. This mostly happens in organizations where the culture is not strict on dress code. In such organizations, the propensity of employees to be unkempt and capricious are very high. In fact, leisure and casual wear become the norm.

Employees’ inability to strictly compartmentalize into workplace and leisure clothes could have disastrous consequences. Notably, lack of proper physical appearance is not only disgraceful to the employees but it portrays the entire organization in bad light. Thus, the kind of dress you wear does not only speak volumes about you but also about your own organization.

Interestingly, during a job interview, interviewees have the proclivity to be smartly dressed. However, if there are no restrictions on the dress code, the temptation for the same employees to dress down and inappropriately is very high.

Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find that some organizations have strict dress code while others give their employees freedom to wear what they feel like. Ordinarily, when employees are given freedom to choose what to wear in a place of work, the propensity to dress to kill, especially for ladies, is very high.

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that slovenliness may become the norm as people tend to forget the importance of physical appearance. On the other hand, men are not left behind; it is not unusual to find some of them casually dressed in jeans and T-shirts as well as shorts in offices. Rarely would you find workers dressy or dressed up to the nines in such situations.

As earlier mentioned, personal image, physical appearance and attribute are important in getting that coveted appointment letter to commence a new job. Maintaining that positive image thus goes a long way to boost your success. Acceptable office attire are not only impressive to your boss but to your organization’s co-workers, customers and other stakeholders.

In order to portray a positive image and boost reputation for your company, it is imperative to shun sun-dresses, bizarre, immodest, baggy and indecent dressings like a plague. In other words, clothes that are positively indecent and seductive, especially those exposing acres of flabby thighs, swathes of breasts, transparent fabrics, superfluous clothing, high cut dresses, revealing blouses and ridiculous ornaments bring shame to the wearer.

In fact, immodest, raunchy and indecent dresses that portray various parts of the anatomy are anathema to many people, both within and outside the organization. They can negatively dent the image of the company as well as individual workers. The way you are attired says a lot about you and your organization.

Demure and modest attire and becoming apparel that does not make you the center of reference or look like a cartoon or appear floppish are highly recommended in a business environment. Immodest clothing and revealing attire that accentuates sexuality like very tight skirts or sagging trousers that portray all charms of figures and various parts of the anatomy should be shunned to deter speculations and psychological disturbance.

Understandably, the primary objective of wearing clothes is to cover nakedness, look smart and to keep warm. However, when these purposes are ignored; abuse is inevitable. Modesty and decency are not only important in our place of work but they are also a bulwark against moral decadence like sexual harassment and office romance.

Modest fashion and respectable styles of dressing are necessary for moral health in an organization. It is therefore imperative to consider your physical appearance and dress in a way that does not draw undue attention to yourself or look licentious. In fact, elegant and glamorous clothes are a big plus to the business organization because they portray professionalism.

Another key ingredient for success in business is tidiness and cleanliness. In fact, it is often said that cleanliness is second to godliness. Keeping yourself and your clothing clean and neat goes a long way to portray a positive image of yourself and your organization. Common decency demands that a worker’s body and the attire be clean and neat.

Needless to say, keeping clean does not cost much. It is a matter of giving attention to your body hygiene regularly: skin, hair, nails, armpits, groins, teeth, nose and ears. Notably, most of our clothes do not require dry cleaning, they can be washed and dried in the sun and ironed at home. People loath working with colleagues who are disheveled, scruffy and raunchy.

Regrettably, scruffy employees who produce pungent and rancid smells are a liability to the organization. Physical appearance and personal hygiene of the employees plays an important role in enhancing the organizations’ image. At the same time, the business and offices should be tidy, neat and clean in order to portray that positive image.

Moreover, office embellishment can profoundly entice the business visitors while untidy workers and dirty offices and ramshackle building can lead to insidious hemorrhage of customers and business partners. Thus spruce up now for business success.

Moreover, business incubators may look at the entrepreneur’s physical appearance and get discouraged with investing in the individual.

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