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LPT: take an extra 30-45 minutes to get ready for work. You will feel more confident and people will take you serious.

The best advice I ever received from a boss was, "people will take you more serious if you look the part."

I used to roll out of bed and rush into work every day. I thought I looked fine, but it wasn't my best. Luckily, I had a boss who cared enough to say something, so I took the advice as helpful and decided to try it.

It was a slow process, but I eventually started caring about my appearance and entered top management within 2 years.

I credit this advice to much of my success over the past 10 years, and I actual enjoy spending 30-45 min getting ready each day. My SO certainly appreciates it, and people really do treat you with more respect the better you look.

Hoping this advice can help someone as much as it did me.

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11 points · 3 months ago

I get this in a professional setting.

I work in a big industrial place with coveralls and a bunch of safety gear. When I was young I had really long hair and big beard when they weren't popular, bit of a wild looking kid. My supervisor hinted I should look more professional.

But I found my interactions with others (especially management) seemed to start with them assuming what I would be like, and shortly into a discussion their demeanor made a flip, but I believe I'm well spoken and I had a pretty strong understanding of our processes. I felt the judgement reversal made a small bond that carried into the future.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Great counter point! And kudos for maintaining your own style in the work place.

I've also seen this judgement reversal with good employees who have tattoos / rough appearance and even sexual orientation / race.

A good employee is a good employee.

level 3

Yes, but unfortunately appearance is too large of a piece.

level 1

I have a 14 month old. You’d better believe if I have an extra 45 minutes in the morning I’m going to sleep more. That will make me a far better employee than slapping on some mascara.

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Original Poster0 points · 3 months ago

You made me lol. Nice

level 1

I agree. The guy who walks in last minute with a tie hanging off his shoulders looks far less professional than the one 10 minutes early and dressed for work. If you’re an hourly employee, and your employer allows you to clock in early, those minutes add up. If you’re a salary employee, your boss may allow you to leave early, take a long lunch, etc.

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Original Poster6 points · 3 months ago

And even if no one ever says anything, your bosses, colleagues, and customers DO notice the difference.

level 1

Every job is different but this LPT is unfortunately very true. At my last job I always dressed for the position I wanted and was promoted very quickly and over the seasoned employees. I feel that also helped land my current job. It’s definitely a plus when you’re mistaken for the big boss. Also I’ve noticed I get treated differently when I stop by the gas station/bank/store in my chillin clothes vs. all dressed and on my way to work.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Exactly! Other managers say I'll be their GM one day, and I know it will happen eventually. Dressing sharp pushed me to care more about the job and drive positive results.

Like you pointed out, it's fun to dress down and notice the difference when you're out

level 3

That’s so true. I love dressing down/differently and notice how people act. Hahahaha keep dressing sharp and you’ll be laughing at the top.

level 1

In Germany there is a good saying that might apply here very well: "Kleider machen Leute" - "clothing makes people"

level 2

Well said, i will remember this through out.

level 1

I never do this...Im kinda the opposite. My friend from work even told me i have a sloppy style. I do well at my job, and they couldnt care less how i look as long as i perform.

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3 points · 3 months ago

The point is getting up earlier to get ready...not taking your sweet ass time to get ready and show up late. Have the mind set that you want to accomplish 50% of your day by 10am.

level 3

Have the mind set that you want to accomplish 50% of your day by 10am.

That is highly dependent on what you do. For example, my husband's current job relies on slow and consistent work. If he fucks up, that's a day of production lost, which means his team stays until it's fixed. They're pretty flexible on lateness though, with the understanding that somebody else HAS to stay and cover.

level 4

What is his job?

level 5

Mixes plastics and does quality control and supervision for a manufacturing plant. They're on mandatory overtime everyday basically until they tap out, so exhaustion and oversleeping happen sometimes.

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