HR Strange But True!
November 17, 2011

This year we’ve seen quite a few studies analyzing physical appearance in the workplace. Perhaps partly to do with the competitive job market, we have seen a lot of interest in research that analyzes the relationship between a person’s looks and their success, or perceived success, in the workplace.

Here are three examples of studies:

Survey Skirts Workplace Issues—Women who choose to wear skirts are viewed as being more successful than those wearing the more gender-neutral pantsuit, according to a recent study.

New Study Links Primping with Pay—Grooming varies greatly between individuals. Your co-worker may spend an hour getting ready for work, while another is more accustomed to the roll-out-of-bed routine. As it turns out, morning routines may play a larger role than just appearance; they may affect your paycheck, according to this survey.

Who Is More Conservative When It Comes to Dress Codes?—Women are more conservative when it comes to summer dress codes than men, according to a recent survey. One thing both sexes did agree on: flip-flops are a no-no.

Do you have any strange workplace stories? Tell us your tale.

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