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The Power of Personal Appearance at Work

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Inappropriate clothing
Occupational health departments will take note of people dressing inappropriately because it could prove to be dangerous, for example, young girls wearing platform shoes that are too high could be risky, or perhaps loose shoes such as a flip-flop style could be unsafe depending on the working environment.  Also clothes which are torn or too long in length, which although may presently be the fashion, could be hazardous around unforgiving machinery, therefore careful consideration to a sensible work dress code is essential.

Your appearance is a reflection of motivation and professionalism
Personal presentation is just as important as a skill or qualification and every employee of a company must understand and be fully aware of the effect of their personal appearance because your “overall look” symbolises what you are and it is an instant communication of “first impression” to other people.  Looks certainly do matter and if you look good you feel good, you will boost your self-esteem and self confidence; good presentation enhances personality.

As an employee of an organisation you are a representation of that company’s brand also take into account that what you wear has an influence on your general mood because in any job you cannot afford to think negatively about yourself due to some characteristic about your overall appearance.

Not only is appearance important but also professional demeanour
Everyone is in control of their appearance and bear in mind that when you are groomed and neat you are making a positive statement about your personality, attitude and values.  By paying particular attention to your clothes you can create an affordable, professional and attractive appearance.

Good appearance alone will certainly not guarantee career success but the way you look at work is vital to your position within a company as a physically attractive person, who is well-groomed, can impress upon people.

It is important to consider clothes, hair, hygiene, scent and make-up should be subtle but also think about your facial expression, smile as this will create an optimistic impression – it is an employee’s duty to their employer to demonstrate a calm, positive and professional exterior.

Your appearance has an immediate impact on your colleagues as well as your superiors
It is perfectly acceptable that people will judge a new employee on their appearance, including clothes, body language and facial expressions – visual impact is about attitude.  Bear in mind that working on your body language can improve your overall personal presentation, avoid troubled and anxious facial expressions and stand up-right as all these factors contribute towards optimism.