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8 Things You Need to Know About Work Clothes

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Is what you wear to work preventing you from getting a promotion? Is it OK to come to the office with shorts on? View this SlideShare from OfficeTeam to find out answers to these and other questions about work clothes.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Work Clothes

  1. 1. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Things You Need to Know About Work Clothes Things You Need to Know About Work Clothes
  2. 2. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #1: What you wear can affect your advancement prospects. Source: OfficeTeam surveys of 1,007 workers and 306 senior managers in the United States 86% of workers and 80% of managers feel clothing choices affect a person’s chances of being promoted.
  3. 3. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #2: Your outfit can get you in trouble. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 306 senior managers in the United States 44% of executives have had to talk to employees about inappropriate attire. 32% have sent someone home due to their clothing.
  4. 4. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #3: But your boss may not want to talk about it. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 306 senior managers in the United States 50% of managers had no problem taking action when someone’s clothing wasn’t up to standards. But more than one-third (35%) were uncomfortable stepping in. And 15% didn’t want to do it at all.
  5. 5. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #4: Choosing what to wear takes time. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,007 workers in the United States Professionals spend an average of 11 minutes a day choosing their outfit for work.
  6. 6. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #5: Men and younger employees take the longest picking clothes. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,007 workers in the United States MINUTES PER DAY PROFESSIONALS SAY THEY SPEND CHOOSING THEIR OUTFIT FOR WORK GENDER MALE FEMALE 12 9 AGE 18 – 34 35 – 54 55+ 13 10 7
  7. 7. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #6: Steer clear of weekend wear. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,007 workers in the United States 2 in 3 employees (67%) have a separate wardrobe specifically for the office.
  8. 8. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #7: You might be able to dress down. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 308 HR managers in the United States Jeans, tennis shoes and leggings topped the list of items that are more acceptable to wear to the office now compared to 5 years ago.
  9. 9. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. #8: But don’t show too much skin. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 308 HR managers in the United States Tank tops, tops that expose at least one shoulder (aka “cold shoulder tops”) and shorts were most frequently identified as less acceptable compared to 5 years ago.
  10. 10. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Source: OfficeTeam survey of 308 HR managers in the United States. Some responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding. THE FULL LIST OF WHAT’S IN AND OUT FOR WORK COMPARED TO 5 YEARS AGO: Jeans Tennisshoes Leggings T-shirts Open-toed sandals Extremehair colors/styles Visible tattoos Piercings otherthan earlobe Coldshoulder tops Ungroomed facialhair Flip-flops Tanktops Shorts More acceptable 47% 46% 46% 35% 29% 28% 28% 26% 22% 18% 14% 13% 10% Less acceptable 15% 15% 17% 22% 30% 33% 25% 32% 37% 33% 33% 39% 36% No change 37% 39% 37% 43% 41% 39% 46% 43% 42% 49% 52% 48% 54%
  11. 11. © 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Visit our blog for more career and workplace advice.

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