Certainly this appears to be the root point. Ie. there’s no actual correlation between workplace performance and what you wear, but rather there’s these social dynamic and stereotypes. An office worker can’t type any faster in a suit but without one others will make judgements about them… etc.
So yes part of workplace maturity is to be aware of these factors, and one point I’d add to this mix which hasn’t yet been brought up is that there is also a dynamic that some will also draw conclusions about you in the opposite direction.
For example recently I had a meeting with the boss of a company I want to do business with. I went casual as I always do and he was even more casual, he was in shorts and sandals in his office. We both take business very, very seriously, but make no connection to what we wear to achieve this.
Indeed actually that’s not true, we both agreed a relaxed work culture was critical to business success, and points like strict dress codes were a negative influence. Not scheduling meetings for a Friday afternoon so they could leave for the cottage were others.
So in this instance too much starched shirt would go against you, not for you. Your appearance would be judged but not in the way all of these threads have suggested…
I’m not saying one is wrong or right, but rather just what we’re all saying which is that it’s horses for courses, indeed so much so that you may find yourself in a situation where actually what’s preferred is shorts and flip flops, not a stiff suit.
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