Does Dressing for Success Work?
That’s a loaded question. Some positions require you wear a suit to work. Other positions are cool with you rockin’ whatever makes you feel comfortable and productive.
Is it time for you to revisit your dress code?
If you’re a remote company, you’re in the clear.
(Pro tip for remote workers: Showering and dressing like you’re going to an office makes you more productive according to research).
While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to work dress codes, there’s one underlying factor to focus on: TRUST
Your team will ultimately vary on their dress code preferences and that’s ok. At the end of the day, creating a culture of trust should be the main focus. If you’re hiring people because you believe they’re a good fit for your company, you should be able to trust them to wear the right clothes.
Debra Corey from Forbes Magazine nails it with this one:
“Trust goes hand in hand with the work we’re all doing to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, one that allows employees to bring their whole selves to work. Whether that means in a suit, a dress, jeans or whatever, don’t let dress code be a barrier to engaging your workforce. You can welcome individualism and just watch the positive results that follow.”
What’s On Your Desk?
Have a messy desk? While there may be a method to your madness, your co-workers may disagree. Business Insider claims that a messy desk may lead to a bad impression with your colleagues.
Here’s a short list of things on your desk that make you look unprofessional:
- Dishes on your desk: just don’t do it
- All of the sticky notes: if your desk is covered in sticky notes, you’re probably not getting much done
- Political propaganda: evangelizing your political stance at work makes you look inappropriate
- Toys: self-explanatory here
- A pack of cigarettes: even unlit cigarettes stink
- Suggestive pictures or calendars: keep those selfies in a digital format (aka on your phone).
To see the whole list, click here.
Get Paid to Sleep
We’re not talking about some weird sleep study you took in college for extra beer money. This is a legitimate Japanese company paying its employees to get a good night’s sleep.
‘A Bloomberg report has released that the employees who sleep six hours a night, for at least five days a week, will get awarded points by Crazy Inc. The points can be exchanged for food in the company cafeteria worth as much as 64,000 yen ($570) per year.’
How’s it tracked?
An app made by AirWeave Inc.
While you may not be ready to pony up cash for employees to get a good night’s sleep, you may want to encourage your employees to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night. It’ll help with productivity and apparently, a longer life!
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