- October 1, 2009
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Blog, Career Growth, Corporate Culture, Human Resource Management
Someone once said – ‘Clothes don’t make a man’. He sure wasn’t into corporate culture.
As we head further along the ‘food chain’, we tend to realize how important one’s appearance and first impressions can be, in terms of career progress and public interaction. Most people, however, pay little attention to what they wear to work everyday, and more importantly, how it effects people’s perceptions of you.
I once wore my ‘lazy dude’ kurta shalwar (its kinda something like sleeping pajamas, used widely in eastern countries) to my office on a half day, and the building’s elevator rep. (who salutes me every OTHER day) stopped me from entering, n said – ‘Executives only’. Unbelievable, and very, very embarrassing.
Like all other things however, it made me realize just how much importance people tend to attach to first impressions n how you look, instead of focusing more on what you’re all about.
Coming back to the topic – what kind of apparel suits you best, in your work environment, and why. Feel free to state your favorite colors, how they effect/portray your mood, your lucky shirt, etc.
E.g. I always seem to be more confident when I’m wearing something black. I prefer loosely fitted dress pants, and a business casual shirt/top. If I’m in a really good mood, I wear something blue, it helps me be more lively. N when I need to work a lot sometimes, I really dress up like a peon that day, n isolate myself to my workplace, to make sure that I’m not wasting anytime being ‘proper’. I’m into the IT business, so I have quite a bit of space to do my own thing, but this differs from business to business.
That was my bit, now its your turn. N I just might consider sending something nice to the winner of this discussion 😉