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Do Clothes Make the Manager? Employers Weigh In

New survey shows hygiene and appearance play into employers’ promotion decisions.

Kids today and their piercings, am I right!?  That seems to be the attitude of nearly 37 percent of employers, who admitted in a recent survey they’d be less likely to extend a promotion to an employee with body piercings.

CareerBuilder recently surveyed nearly 2,878 employers to find out if personal appearance and hygiene affect promotion decisions, and if so, which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion.  Bad breath, disheveled clothing, piercings and tattoos ranked highest among factors.

The top personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion include:

  • Piercings – 37 percent
  • Bad breath – 34 percent
  • Visible tattoo – 31 percent
  • Often has wrinkled clothes – 31 percent
  • Messy hair – 29 percent
  • Dresses too casually – 28 percent
  • Too much perfume or cologne – 26 percent
  • Too much makeup – 22 percent
  • Messy office or cubicle – 19 percent
  • Chewed fingernails – 10 percent
  • Too suntanned – 4 percent

What this survey tells me is – all other things (e.g. leadership skills, job performance) being equal – appearance could be the deciding factor in whether or not you promote someone over another.

Would you agree? If not, what do you make of these results? How important is professional appearance in your workplace, and does it seem to affect who gets promoted and who doesn’t? Does that seem fair?

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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Thank goodness some bloggers can write. My thanks for this blog..

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Thank goodness some bloggers can write. My thanks for this blog..

Agree or disagree is the concern
Agree or disagree is the concern

This is all about extending a promotion: The top personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion include. It has nothing to do with hiring. So, a promotion is given when a higher job description opens. Looking at your staff of employee's who is most likely to get that promotion and what factors (ie: body piercings) would you consider "CareerBuilder recently surveyed nearly 2,878 employers to find out if personal appearance and hygiene affect promotion decisions, and if so, which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion. Bad breath, disheveled clothing, piercings and tattoos ranked highest among factors." That is a huge survey. SO look at the results and agree or disagree, simple.

Agree or disagree is the concern
Agree or disagree is the concern

This is all about extending a promotion: The top personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion include. It has nothing to do with hiring. So, a promotion is given when a higher job description opens. Looking at your staff of employee's who is most likely to get that promotion and what factors (ie: body piercings) would you consider "CareerBuilder recently surveyed nearly 2,878 employers to find out if personal appearance and hygiene affect promotion decisions, and if so, which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion. Bad breath, disheveled clothing, piercings and tattoos ranked highest among factors." That is a huge survey. SO look at the results and agree or disagree, simple.

Agree or disagree is the concern
Agree or disagree is the concern

This is all about extending a promotion: The top personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion include. It has nothing to do with hiring. So, a promotion is given when a higher job description opens. Looking at your staff of employee's who is most likely to get that promotion and what factors (ie: body piercings) would you consider "CareerBuilder recently surveyed nearly 2,878 employers to find out if personal appearance and hygiene affect promotion decisions, and if so, which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion. Bad breath, disheveled clothing, piercings and tattoos ranked highest among factors." That is a huge survey. SO look at the results and agree or disagree, simple.

Debra
Debra

Could you please direct me to the original survey? Many thanks!

Debra
Debra

Could you please direct me to the original survey? Many thanks!

Sylvia Allen
Sylvia Allen

As a recruiter of office support staff, I certainly wouldn't recommend someone for hiring if he or she doesn't have the sense to dress up and clean up. It reflects both on their basic common sense and on their willingness to go out of their way for the employer's customers. Similarly, I wouldn't recommend someone for promotion if he or she clearly isn't willing to step outside a sloppy comfort zone. The implication is that the person wouldn't be willing to step up, in other ways, for the employer or the employer's customers.

Sylvia Allen
Sylvia Allen

As a recruiter of office support staff, I certainly wouldn't recommend someone for hiring if he or she doesn't have the sense to dress up and clean up. It reflects both on their basic common sense and on their willingness to go out of their way for the employer's customers. Similarly, I wouldn't recommend someone for promotion if he or she clearly isn't willing to step outside a sloppy comfort zone. The implication is that the person wouldn't be willing to step up, in other ways, for the employer or the employer's customers.

chuck arbuckle
chuck arbuckle

Contrary to : "I'll do what I want" says
I believe all the afore mentioned "qualities" do effect Corporate management promotion. However I would say with the exception of hygiene, most are negotiable elsewhere. The job market like society in general allows, and like attracts like. If the guy behind the counter in a pizza place is wearing a suit, I think the average person would feel a bit concerned. On the other hand, a pierced lip and tatoo..no big deal. In my vocation as an interior designer, I have learned to network with a variety of business owners. I once walked into an office of a "business coach." It consisted of a small table, lap top and two metal deck chairs. It was all I could do not to laugh. In that same way of thinking..one has to "be","dress" the part to attract the client. Just as I would not hire this business coach because of his office content, I would not promote an image (person) that had no did not if by implication only, offer to satisfy my client needs. So the bottom line is not the individual, it's the bigger picture of the whole package.

chuck arbuckle
chuck arbuckle

Contrary to : "I'll do what I want" says
I believe all the afore mentioned "qualities" do effect Corporate management promotion. However I would say with the exception of hygiene, most are negotiable elsewhere. The job market like society in general allows, and like attracts like. If the guy behind the counter in a pizza place is wearing a suit, I think the average person would feel a bit concerned. On the other hand, a pierced lip and tatoo..no big deal. In my vocation as an interior designer, I have learned to network with a variety of business owners. I once walked into an office of a "business coach." It consisted of a small table, lap top and two metal deck chairs. It was all I could do not to laugh. In that same way of thinking..one has to "be","dress" the part to attract the client. Just as I would not hire this business coach because of his office content, I would not promote an image (person) that had no did not if by implication only, offer to satisfy my client needs. So the bottom line is not the individual, it's the bigger picture of the whole package.

chuck arbuckle
chuck arbuckle

Contrary to : "I'll do what I want" says I believe all the afore mentioned "qualities" do effect Corporate management promotion. However I would say with the exception of hygiene, most are negotiable elsewhere. The job market like society in general allows, and like attracts like. If the guy behind the counter in a pizza place is wearing a suit, I think the average person would feel a bit concerned. On the other hand, a pierced lip and tatoo..no big deal. In my vocation as an interior designer, I have learned to network with a variety of business owners. I once walked into an office of a "business coach." It consisted of a small table, lap top and two metal deck chairs. It was all I could do not to laugh. In that same way of thinking..one has to "be","dress" the part to attract the client. Just as I would not hire this business coach because of his office content, I would not promote an image (person) that had no did not if by implication only, offer to satisfy my client needs. So the bottom line is not the individual, it's the bigger picture of the whole package.

I'll do what I want.
I'll do what I want.

I'm literally shaking my computer in anger and the posted biases. I understand we can't get around prejudice in life, but come on! I would love to know the average age of respondents. All I can say is if people don't understand things, i.e. tattoos and piercings, go ahead and pass me on the position, I clearly need to re-evaluate my employer.

I'll do what I want.
I'll do what I want.

I'm literally shaking my computer in anger and the posted biases. I understand we can't get around prejudice in life, but come on! I would love to know the average age of respondents. All I can say is if people don't understand things, i.e. tattoos and piercings, go ahead and pass me on the position, I clearly need to re-evaluate my employer.

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