You can file under “common sense” that a negative attitude, tardiness or gossiping can also work against office advancement.
Dolly Parton’s anthem, “9-5” sees a conspiracy. “For service and devotion,” the song goes, “You would think that I would deserve a fat promotion. Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me. I swear sometimes that man is out to get me.”
But a new CareerBuilder survey suggests it might not be the boss. For those in the same boat as Parton’s underappreciated employee, have you looked in the mirror lately? No, literally; look in the mirror. It might be your clothes or even your haircut that’s holding you back from climbing the office ladder.
According to the national survey of nearly 2,200 hiring and human resources managers spanning industries and company sizes, “provocative clothing, a disheveled appearance and unprofessional haircut “are just a few of the things that cause employers to think twice before granting a promotion.
You can file under “common sense” that a negative attitude, consistently arriving late or gossiping can also work against office advancement.
“In addition to on-the-job accomplishments, employers also take attitude, behavior and appearance into consideration when deciding who deserves to move up in the ranks,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “While your work performance may be strong, if you’re not presenting yourself in a professional manner, it may be preventing your superiors from taking you seriously.”
When asked which aspects of a worker’s physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, employers were most likely to notice:
· Inappropriate attire (44 percent)
· Wrinkled clothes or shabby appearance (43 percent)
· Piercings outside of traditional ear piercings (32 percent)
· Too-casual workplace attire (27 percent)
· Visible tattoos (27 percent)
· An unprofessional or ostentatious haircut (25 percent)
· Unprofessional or ostentatious facial hair (24 percent)
· Bad breath (23 percent)
· Heavy perfume or cologne (21 percent)
· Too much makeup (15 percent)
It might not be your looks. Employers also revealed the most negative behaviors that hurt an employee’s chances for promotion
· Having a negative or pessimistic attitude (62 percent)
· Tardiness (62 percent)
· Using vulgar language (51 percent)
· Regularly leaving work early (49 percent)
· Taking too many sick days (49 percent)
· Gossiping (44 percent)
· Spending office time on personal social media accounts (39 percent)
· Neglecting to clean up after himself/herself (36 percent)
· Always initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers (27 percent)
· Taking personal calls at work (24 percent)
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.