Appearance is everything for some employers, claims YouGov

Nearly half of British adults believe it remains ‘unacceptable’ for some front line workers to have a non-professional appearance in the workplace.

That’s according to figures from YouGov on behalf of HR firm Croner, who commissioned the research after a number of employers were confused about how to handle staff appearance issues.

Reported by freshbusinessthinking.com, the survey found scruffy clothes (48 per cent), facial piercings (37 per cent) and tattoos (21 per cent) would put them off approaching a someone, which could influence those looking at applying for customer-facing jobs in London, for example.

However, while such factors would be not be acceptable for nurses and police officers – only 4 per cent said they would be happy with a less than professional appearance  – over a quarter 28 per cent said it would be fine for bar staff or shop assistants.

Louise Barnes, a consultant at Croner, commented on the figures to yahoo.com: “In the last ten years or so people’s attitudes to what they should wear, and how they look for work, have changed,

“As a result, employers have adopted a more casual approach with measures such as dress down Fridays. However, our survey demonstrates that we have reached the point where some employees are unsure of the acceptable boundaries and are failing to meet the standards their bosses want,” she added.

by Ashley Curtis on November 28, 2012

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