It’s not just about how you talk or how you stand. Workplace communication includes how you dress. In this effective communication skills tip, world-renowned author, trainer, and motivational keynote speaker Dan O’Connor concisely sums up what is considered appropriate attire for work.
Remember, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This is important enough that I just might way it twice. What is your wardrobe saying about you? What are your work outfits communicating about you? Many times we think, “Why would I dress up for work? It’s just work. Besides, it’s casual Friday.”
Do you dress up for a first date? Do you dress up for a holiday party? Do you dress up for a job interview? Of course you do. Why? Because it’s a “special occasion” and we know that special occasions warrant an upgrade in our wardrobe. So that brings us back to the point–what is your look communicating about you? Are you telling your co-workers, your boss, and your customers that it’s a special occasion, or are you just one step away from coming to work in your pajamas?
Remember this: We don’t dress up at work for ourselves so much as we do it for others. We do it for others in the sense that we honor those around us by showing that we spent a little extra time to polish our image because the people we will encounter deserve it.
Basic fashion DONT’S for work:
- Flip-flops–PLEASE NOTE THIS ONE
- Sweat pants, sweat shirts, or anything beginning with sweat–AND THIS ONE
- Casual jeans
- Anything that can also be worn to the gym
- Anything that can also be worn to bed
- Anything that can also be worn to a costume party 🙂
And one last thing–if you have tattoos, be certain they will be considered acceptable in your particular workplace. If not, don’t make your clothing about “rights” and don’t try to make a political statement. The work arena is not the place for that. COVER THEM UP!
Remember the basic rule of thumb is this: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
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