Managing your image
Your image is created by what people see, sense, hear and read about you. Choose wisely in creating the image you want to have.
- What you wear sends a powerful message to others.
- Dress the way you want to be perceived.
- Your body language, especially your posture and attention to grooming details, will convey confidence.
- How you communicate verbally and in writing will reinforce or erode your professional maturity.
- Know the dress code at your company, be a true role model.
More and more, the dress code is business-casual. In establishing a business-casual dress code, employees are allowed to work comfortably. However, a professional image cannot be sacrificed for comfort. So, it’s necessary that business casual clothes still uphold a high level of professionalism.
Tips for Business-Casual Dressing
- Observe those responsible for enforcing the dress code to help clarify the policy.
- Wear clothes that are well ironed, neat and well-fitted. Do not wear wrinkled and untidy clothes to work. Clothes should not be too tight or too loose.
- Do not compromise on the quality of the business-casual dress attire. Poor quality clothing shows wear quickly and will appear washed out or worn.
- Hair and facial hair should be well groomed. Include your nails in the grooming process.
- When wearing skirts, women should make sure that they are not revealing when seated.
- Men should wear dark colored socks to a length that does not show their skin when seated.
- Watch out for what’s considered the latest fad in dressing such as flip flops, low-cut tops and jeans with short zippers that are skin tight or drag the floor. These fads may be “in” but are not acceptable at work.
Here’s a free resource you might find helpful in managing your image!