Want A Promotion? Watch What You Wear

Menlo Park, Calif. — May 16

In a survey from OfficeTeam, 80 percent of executives said clothing choices affect an employee’s chances of earning a promotion — and some respondents gave some pretty hilarious examples of outfits that missed the mark.

The good news for the wardrobe-challenged: proper attire may carry less weight than it did six years ago, as 93 percent of executives surveyed in 2007 tied professional wear to advancement prospects. Among those respondents, 33 percent said clothing significantly affects a person’s chances of moving up the organizational ladder, versus just 8 percent who feel this way today.

The survey was developed by staffing firm OfficeTeam. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

Managers also were asked to recount the strangest outfits they have heard of or seen someone wearing to work, not in observance of Halloween. The following are some examples:

• “A dinosaur costume”
• “Pajamas”
• “Parachute pants”
• “A chicken suit”
• “Coveralls”
• “A space suit”
• “Studs and motorcycle gear”
• “A wolf mask”

These professionals got creative with their clothing combinations:

• “A T-shirt, tie and flip-flops”
• “Short pants and a winter jacket”
• “One red sock and one white sock”
• “Tennis shoes and men’s knicker pants”
• “Shorts and house slippers”
• “A red suit with sporty footwear”

Others donned apparel that left little to the imagination:

• “A see-through dress”
• “Fishnet stockings and stilettos”
• “A bathing suit”
• “A tube top”

This gear was more appropriate for the gym than the workplace:

• “A muscle shirt”
• “A sweat suit”
• “Yoga pants”
• “Very tight bike shorts”

These outfits just didn’t make the cut:

• “Torn jeans”
• “A vest with a big hole in the back”
• “A T-shirt with cut-off sleeves”

And the following getups might be viewed as fashion faux pas both in and out of the office:

• “Saggy pants”
• “Sandals with socks”
• “Flood pants”

Source: OfficeTeam

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