Hygiene measures the way you live your life.
By measuring someone’s personal hygiene standards, you can determine whether a person’s lifestyle is similar to yours and, as a result, you can choose to build relationships with people who you feel comfortable with. The same rule is valid when an employer manages his team.
Considering that you aim for success in your career you need to understand the importance of personal hygiene in the workplace.
An employer evaluates the personal hygiene standards of an employee, besides his professional skills, to decide whether he is a good fit for his team or not.
Though your professional abilities correspond to the company’s needs, your poor personal hygiene may hold you back from building a successful career inside the company. It might increase the number of embarrassed coworkers who complain about your personal hygiene issues, which tells your manager that, as an employee, you are not comfortable to work with.
That’s why it’s important to keep your working desk clean, maintain a good personal hygiene, and have a professional presentation in the workplace.
Maintain your working place clean for a safe office
Cleanliness in the workplace is maintained by the housekeeping service and by its employees.
The housekeeping service cleans the floor and disinfects the public areas in the office where germs spread around due to multiple uses of the items. However, the cleanliness in these office places doesn’t last long due to employee’s multiple uses throughout the working day. That’s why you should manage the cleanliness in the working place to keep the entire office clean.
Unfortunately, you are not paid for that, but this is expected of you as a true team player. A true team player does’t think only of his own comfort. He makes his working place comfortable for his coworkers as well. He keeps his working desk clean, uses the toilet facilities in a proper way, washes his cups after drinking tea or coffee, so that his colleagues can feel safe in his environment.
In this way, the cleanliness at your workplace will impress investors, clients, and other people who will visit your office, which may persuade them do business with you. Your employer will appreciate your cleanliness standards and the way it contributes to the company’s growth.
The importance of personal hygiene in the workplace for your coworkers
Maintaining good personal hygiene provides a better working environment among coworkers and lowers the number of complaints a supervisor receives about someone’s bad hygiene.
A healthy working environment is when each employee feels safe while interacting with each other. When different type offensive odors at work are absent and when employees don’t feel embarrassed by your bad breath or bad body odor, for example.
Your colleagues are expecting from you to have good personal hygiene, though they don’t tell you this. Otherwise, they’ll have to address their complaints about your personal hygiene issues to your manager.
Managers don’t like to address this kinds of complaints. This is a very intimate topic that may easily hurt an employee’s delicate feelings. That’s why your supervisor needs to address this topic very politely, which is not always easy to do.
So, by maintaining good personal hygiene at work you’ll help your coworkers and managers to comfortably work with you.
Maintain a professional look for increased efficiency
Your physical appearance is especially important when you operate one-on-one with clients. In this case, you represent the company’s face and having a professional look is a must.
In case you don’t have a direct contact with clients you are still required to respect a certain level of physical appearance. You should be well-groomed. Your hair should be clean. Your clothing should be fresh and ironed. Depending on the type of service you provide you might be required to wear a classic suit or you might get away with a casual style.
The most important thing is that your professional look creates a good experience for the company’s clients. As a result, this might bring in more clients or make more sales. Your boss will definitely appreciate that.
If you are looking to build a successful career, besides developing a solid skill set, you need to understand how important personal hygiene in the workplace is.
Your ability to maintain your working desk clean, to maintain a good personal hygiene, and have a professional look, speaks about your culture. This culture makes you an attractive employee with whom is comfortable to work with.
Considering that, your boss might want to work with you closely and promote you to become part of his team.