There are so many obstacles that stop an employee's growth within a company. And one of these obstacles is the employee's poor personal presentation.
Without a good personal presentation, an employee may never receive positive attention. But he will get enough negative attention.
Without knowing him well, his coworkers make negative assumptions based on his appearance. They'll say things like "He is not professional", "He's a negative person", or He is a bad team player".
The truth is that they express their concern about his poor personal hygiene. They think that he doesn't want to make their life easier while working in the same team.
What if the employee would try to improve his presentation in the workplace? Would his coworkers consider his efforts to be in the team? Would all the negative perceptions about the employee disappear?
May ... but that's not the only benefit of having a good personal presentation at work.
See below which the benefits of aligning your appearance with the company’s standards.
What is a personal presentation at work?
A good personal presentation speaks about the employee as a responsible employee. That's a message that influences his coworkers, supervisors, and managers.
Dressing, behaving and communicating appropriately leave a good first impression.
It’s a way of telling everybody that you want to be helpful to their working environment rather than being a hurdle.
The importance of personal hygiene in the workplace
Effects of inappropriate personal presentation in the workplace
You heard the saying that you have only one chance to make a good impression on yourself.
That’s especially important when you build relationships with coworkers or represent the company meeting clients face to face.
Let’s imagine the following situations where Jerry is our hero:
Which are the most important personal image standards at work?
1. Be well-groomed
To be well-groomed follow the below basic grooming tips:
2. Maintain a healthy image
Another element of personal presentation is a healthy physical appearance.
A healthy look speaks about practicing healthy habits, eating well, and exercising.
This keeps the employee energized and positive.
A healthy employee is more efficient and takes fewer sick leaves.
While on the other side, poor health speaks about an employee as having a weak character. That tells his boss or coworkers that if he can’t take care of his health then he can't take care of the company as well.
3. Maintain good hygiene
4. Show a friendly attitude
Besides maintaining a good workplace personal hygiene and having a pleasant physical look, you must also behave professionally. This means treating your coworkers and clients with a positive and professional attitude:
Your presentation at work plays an important role in your career growth.
Maintaining a professional appearance helps your coworkers and your boss perceive you as a valuable employee in the company while your clients perceive you as a helpful and useful professional at their job.