Ready for Back to Work?

The shopping is complete for your children’s back to school wardrobe. Now, what about your work wardrobe?Professional dress, or lack thereof, is a top complaint in the workplace. Many companies have dress codes that employees are responsible for adhering to. But limits tend to get pushed.Recently, a Tennessee judge felt it necessary to implement a dress code for female attorneys. The reason? Too many of them came to court in sleeveless shirts, mini-skirts, and one (hopefully only one) in sweat pants. Appropriate attire is a thorn in the side of many corporate executives and human resource professionals. While not everyone must follow the formality of a courtroom, we are responsible for the image we project at our place of work. Before leaving your home each day, you might ask yourself:

  • Would I hire someone who looks like this?
  • Is the way that I’m dressed accurately representing my company?
  • If I see the president of my company, will I be self-conscious about the way I look?

If you provide favorable answers to these questions, you are most likely projecting an image appropriate to your company’s values. Otherwise, you may have some work to do.Check the dress code for your workplace. Then check the style of dress of those in the position you want to have. If you want to be an executive, are you dressing like one?Projecting a professional, polished image and showing respect for company policies are marks of a great employee. Ready to get to work?

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