If you want to build a successful career, you need to have a positive personal presentation in the workplace.
Let’s imagine that, Jerry works in a service based company along with other 47 coworkers. In his three years of employment, his coworkers didn't give him the attention that he thinks he deserves.
Without knowing Jerry very well, they believe that Jerry isn't professional, is negative, and is a bad team player.
All these assumptions of his colleagues stop Jerry from growing inside the company.
But why does everybody at work have such a bad perception of Jerry?
The problem is that Jerry’s image in the workplace is poor. It sends a negative message to his coworkers, which allows them to make these negative perceptions about him.
If Jerry had a better personal presentation at work, he would have more opportunities to connect with the team.
Let's see below, why it is important to have a good personal presentation in the workplace.
What is personal presentation?
Personal presentation is a communication skill that influences the first impression of other people about you.
Leaving a good first impression at work means dressing, behaving, and communicating in a way that fits within the company’s presentation and conduct policy.
It’s a way to tell everybody that you are trying to fit in by presenting yourself the best way to coworkers or clients.
It’s a way of marketing yourself inside the team.
Why is personal presentation at work important?
You know that you only get one chance to make a positive first impression. It allows you to easier connect with colleagues and have more satisfied clients. At the same time, changing a negative first impression takes longer or you may not have a second chance of doing so. That is why leaving a good first impression on an employer, on your coworkers, or your clients is so crucial.
For example, let’s imagine the following situations:
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 means having a natural body shape, maintaining a clean and healthy skin, being energized, and having a positive attitude.
A healthy employee is more efficient and takes less sick leaves.
An employee with a healthy look is always more attractive to be hired or to work within a team.
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 personal 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 his job.