On the Job Appearance

Most everyone understands the importance of on-the-job-appearance and what it says about your image, but just how important is it really? The statistics below show how most Americans feel about appearance and how it affects your ability to do your job well.

Most Americans believe clothing, hair, and makeup are important for a woman to make a good appearance on the job. Nearly seven in ten (69%) Americans believe clothing, hair and makeup are very or extremely important for a woman to make a good appearance on the job.

Americans believe a woman’s appearance at work affects certain aspects of her future performance on the job. Eighty-four percent of Americans believe a woman’s appearance affects whether she is asked to represent her company at outside meetings, and three in four believe it affects whether she is taken seriously (76%), asked to participate in meetings with upper management (74%), or is well regarded by colleagues and supervisors (74%). Two thirds believe a woman will be given new challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities (67%), or considered for a raise or prom otion (64%).

Americans believe a woman’s appearance affects her confidence in her ability to perform her job. Nearly half (46%) of Americans believe clothes, hair and makeup affects a woman’s confidence in her ability to perform her job well, followed by one-third (32%) who believes it is somewhat true. One in six (18%) does not believe these factors affect a woman’s confidence in her ability to perform her job well.

Americans believe that a woman’s appearance at work affects her ability to perform her job well. More than half (59%) of Americans believe appearance is a factor, while 36% believe appearance is not a factor. Five percent of Americans are not sure of any if the statements are true.

The majority of Americans are certain they dressed appropriately on their most recent first day on a job. Nearly four out of five (78%) Americans are very or extremely certain they dressed appropriately for their most recent first day on a job, ten percent are somewhat certain, and only four percent are not very or not at all certain about how they dressed for their first day on a job. Six percent are not sure, and two percent have never had a job.

Next time you’re getting ready to rush through your choice of office attire, make sure you’re comfortable in your outfit and feel it adequately displays the appearance you’d like to project.

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