While employees have embraced dress-down Fridays and
casual work environments, a recent survey suggests that workers might not want
to hang up their business suits just yet. Ninety-three percent of managers
polled by Robert Half International said a person’s style of dress at work influences his or
her chances of earning a promotion. So if you’re angling for the top spot, dress like
the person who’s in it. Here
are some additional tips for choosing the right workplace wardrobe:
- Put your best foot forward. Keep your shoes polished and in
- Get a brand-new bag. Invest in a quality briefcase,
messenger bag or purse, since this item is visible and used daily.
- Don’t overdo it. Less is more when
accessorizing. Steer clear of distracting jewelry or accoutrements.
- Keep scents subtle. People shouldn’t catch a whiff of your perfume before they catch sight of
you. You want to be known for your expertise, not your choice of fragrance.
- Have a spare. Even on casual days, keep a jacket and extra
hosiery handy. If you’re called into an important meeting or asked to greet a
client, you’ll be prepared.
One thing to remember about dressing up for work: When you
look good, you’ll feel more confident. And that
confidence will be reflected in your performance, something your manager will be
sure to notice.
Source: Robert Half – workvine.com