Bosses dish on the most shocking outfits they’ve seen in the office
By Brittany Anas
A dinosaur costume, pajamas, parachute pants, a wolf mask and a space suit.
Those are some of the strangest things managers say they’ve seen their employees wear to work. When it wasn’t Halloween. And, no, the worker in the space suit wasn’t an astronaut at NASA.
A survey from OfficeTeam, a staffing service company, released survey results this week that reveal the influence your wardrobe can have on your workplace success.
Eighty percent of executives interviewed said clothing choices affect an employee’s chances of earning a promotion.
Admittedly, your wardrobe has less power over your future than it did in 2007, when 93 percent of executives surveyed said clothing choices could influence career advancement. Among the respondents in 2007, 33 percent said clothing significantly affects a person’s chances of moving up the ladder compared to just 8 percent today.
Some other shocking attire spotted in offices: Overalls, motorcycle gear, a “T-shirt, tie and flip flops,” “one red sock and one white sock,” “very tight bike shorts” and “fishnet stockings and stilettos.”
The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.
Inspired by the survey, here are some Dos and Don’ts for office style. Every office is a little different, but these are universal truths.
- Do err on the higher end of the dress code. It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
- Do pay attention to details. Scuffed shoes, a button that comes undone or a wrinkle on the back of your skirt can distract from an otherwise professional outfit.
- Do set your clothes out the night before. You’ll save time in the morning and it gives you more time to make sure your tights don’t have a run in them and that your skirt doesn’t ride up too high when you sit down.
- Don’t ever come to work with wet hair. If you’ve got long, thick hair that takes a long time to dry, try showering at night.
- Don’t wear anything that is too flashy, too tight, too revealing or too uncomfortable.
- Don’t wear shorts. They are just too casual for the workplace.
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