Thursday, 7 July 2011

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



Based on research, appearance and grooming really matter

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.

This research was done in the US and probably in the private sector.... how different do you think it is in the UK? in the public sector.... or are all these things just examples of poor judgement?

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