Employees want stricter guideline on dress codes, survey reveals

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8th September 2015 12:09 - Business Support

A recent survey commissioned by job board, CV-Library, has revealed that workers in the United Kingdom want their bosses to introduce Employees want stricter guideline on dress codes, survey revealsstricter dress codes at work, rather than allowing employees to wear what they like in the office.

The survey found that 1 in 3 respondents are against their colleagues expressing their “personal style” at work, and 64 per cent said that all employers should impose a strict dress code for employees, irrespective of whether they already have one in place or not.

Of the respondents who said that they have expressed their personal style in the office, for example, displaying tattoos or piercings, 17 per cent said that doing so made them feel uncomfortable.

More than 1 in 10, or 14 per cent, of the respondents said that they had been advised by their manager that their appearance is inappropriate for work, with 13 per cent of working saying that they believe their appearance is a barrier for them progressing in their career. Similarly, 59 per cent said that they believe extreme tattoos and piercing will make progression harder to achieve.

Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said of the findings:

“Whether we like it or not, we are all judged by our appearances and it’s important that employees seriously consider the consequences of any choices they make when it comes to expressing personal style at work. 

"Whilst everybody should have the freedom to express themselves, it’s important to remember that a place of work is a professional environment, meaning that an employee’s appearance and actions should also be reviewed from a professional perspective.”

The findings revealed that when measuring how professionals in the UK like to express themselves, the most favoured ways were through tattoos, piercings and unique clothes.

The survey also found that 48 per cent of the respondents have visible  tattoos, 32 per cent have piercings (excluding studs in ear lobes), 31 per cent of workers like to wear unique clothing and 45 per cent of men have stylish facial hair (e.g a hipster beard).

Of the workers in the survey, 59 per cent said that they feel tattoos and extreme piercings result in sluggish career progression, howeber, 40 per cent said that they had tattoos and/or piercings themselves, which the CV-Library said insinuated that workers are aware that their style may be slowing their progression at work.

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