Don't Go to Work Dressed Like These Employees

Don't Go to Work Dressed Like These Employees

Don't Go to Work Dressed Like These Employees

Dress for Success 80% of senior managers say clothing choices affect an employee's chances of earning a promotion.

We realize that casual Fridays are a workplace standard, and dressing down on most days is more acceptable these days, especially in IT. But there's a difference between wearing a T-shirt with jeans and a ... chicken suit? Yikes. It appears that some professionals like to push the boundaries on their employer's dress code with the following wacky wardrobe choices, which these employees have actually worn to work. (No, they weren't dressed up for Halloween.) The following list was compiled by OfficeTeam, which surveyed more than 1,000 senior managers. And while we're sure these outfits provided co-workers with endless amusement, there's a serious side to this topic: OfficeTeam reports that the managers surveyed take the day-to-day appearance of staffers into account when evaluating promotions. "Employees may be tempted to dress down in today's workplace—especially during warmer months—but clothing that's too casual or revealing can be frowned upon," says Robert Hosking, executive director at OfficeTeam. "Although a polished appearance alone won't land you a promotion, it can help others envision you in a leadership role."

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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