Today’s workforce comes from varied cultural and social backgrounds, with differing standards and behaviours.
These may not always be in sync with the norms of the organization. Professional grooming training is integral to any individual irrespective of the work levels they belong to.
Proper grooming and professional appearance are important to gain not just a positive impression but also respect in the workplace. First impressions matter and the way you look and carry yourself create an impact on people you get along within the work setting.
Key Learning Points:
Corporate dressing plays a crucial role in enhancing one’s personality.
You need to follow a proper dress code at the workplace. An individual should not be casually dressed for important business meetings or presentations. Remember, you are not only presenting yourself but your organization. An individual who looks presentable is liked and appreciated by all. Someone who is formally and sensibly dressed does not have to try too hard to impress a client.
Corporate dressing helps you inculcate a good and healthy culture in the workplace. Individuals tend to lose interest in their work if they are not formally dressed. Studies indicate that you really don’t feel like working if you are dressed in T-shirt and jeans on a Monday. T shirts, torn jeans, sneakers, hats, chunky jewellery, multiple chains and tattoos are a strict no-no in corporate settings as they spoil the decorum of the organization. Avoid wearing loud colours to work.
Formal dressing makes you feel confident at work. You get that energy and confidence, the moment you wear your crisp white shirt along with a well-fit trouser. Dress code makes an individual disciplined and inculcates a sense of team spirit among employees.
You need to feel good about the way you look.
Make sure your clothes fit you well. You need to feel comfortable in your dress. Too tight and revealing clothes make you popular at the workplace for all wrong reasons. Nobody bothers to notice you if you are not sensibly dressed. Formal dressing, if done correctly helps you create the first impression. Remember, you seldom get a second chance.
Personal grooming and corporate dressing actually go hand in hand.
Donning an expensive business suit will not help if you are not neat and clean. Here comes the importance of personal grooming. Personal grooming is defined as the art of cleaning and maintaining one’s body parts. Personal grooming is essential for everyone irrespective of the gender and nature of the profession. Personal hygiene, if neglected can ruin your personality. Would you feel like speaking to someone who has bad breath or someone who has sweat stains all over his shirt? I am sure the answer would be a big NO. The same goes with others as well. Flaunt your clean, simple yet elegant look.
Male professionals need to:
- Shave Daily/Trim moustache or beard
- Comb hair properly
- Wear crisp, wrinkle-free shirts preferably in subtle colours and well fit trousers in blacks, blues or greys
- Wear a mild perfume
- Trim nails
Female professionals need to:
- Wear minimal makeup
- Get rid of facial hair or hair in any other body part (hands, legs, area around the lip)
- Smell good
- Clean hands, feet and take care of fingers as well as toe nails
- Preferably, tie hair in a neat ponytail or bun.
- Wear formal shoes to work to work.
Corporate dressing along with personal grooming help you create a presence that exudes professionalism, leadership, confidence and elegance.
Impact of your appearance:
As an individual living and working in a highly complex and competitive society, you must recognize and understand the impact of your appearance as it communicates first to you and then to others. While it is important to like what you wear and the way you look, it is more important to understand why or why not and specifically how this affects you, others and your life and the achievement of your goals.
- YOUR CLOTHING AND GROOMING AFFECT THE WAY YOU THINK:
When you appear authentic, attractive and appropriate, you think more positively about yourself, your situation and others.
- YOUR CLOTHING AND GROOMING AFFECT THE WAY YOU FEEL:
A positive personal appearance is a fast, effective way to boost self-confidence and overcome anxiety regarding ability or acceptance.
- YOUR CLOTHING AND GROOMING AFFECT THE WAY YOU ACT OR BEHAVE:
A positive personal appearance is one of the most effective ways to improve behaviour and enhance performance level or productivity.
- YOUR CLOTHING AND GROOMING AFFECT THE WAY OTHERS REACT AND RESPOND TO YOU:
Your appearance makes a strong statement about your personality, values, attitudes, interests, knowledge, abilities, roles, and goals.
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