Success – Packaging Does Matter

Your Professional Appearance
Your Professional Appearance

Being well dress does have a profound effect on how you are perceived in the workplace and on the way you are considered when opportunities of type arise.  So, here are a few starter thoughts regarding workplace dress and appearance.

Principle 1

You are not dressing for a job interview.  Your are dressing for success, which means you are dressing to have an advantage in the everyday competition of the workplace.

The packaging does matter; being well dressed can improve your success because:

  • You will feel more prepared for the workday
  • Being well-dressed projects more power and authority
  • It can help your appearance/presences by offsetting the losses of youthful physical attributes as you age.

Principle 2

Think of your office suit or outfit as a uniform, and treat as one. Always clean, wrinkle free, and well cared for…etc.

Color matters: your daily dress should project

  • Power,
  • Professionalism,
  • Preparedness,
  • And respect for the companies’ dress code and, if visiting a client, the client’s dress code and expectations

Principle 3

Impressions do matter; subliminally, as well as in direct relationship to the respect, consideration, and treatment you receive from others.

How You Prepare For The Day Impacts Your Perform

The concept of working from home or freelancing is becoming quite popular. As regular jobs become very demanding and even uncertain, there are thousands of men and women who prefer working out of the home. While working from home is certainly a great idea for supplementing the main income, there are many who still do not believe that it could be the main source of income for earning the bread and butter for the family. While the debate still continues, we will now be looking at a different aspect of work from home.

When we are in a regular nine to five job, we have to follow a rigid routine whether we like it or not. We need to wake up at a particular time, complete our daily morning chores in a hurry, and get ready to travel to our workplace. There are specific dress codes in some organizations that have to be followed. Even otherwise, we cannot afford to go to our workplace in our nightgowns or other such casual attire. We do give quite a bit of importance to the way we dress. It does impact the way we look and the way people perceive and think about us. According to experts, it also could impact the way in which our work efficiency is in the workplace.

Home-Based Work And Dress Sense

In this article, we will try and find out how the way we dress could also impact our freelancing work and work that is done from the comfort of our home. We also will try and find answers to the question of how to prepare for the day when working out of the home. This will be useful to housewives and women in particular who are happier working from home taking care of their children and family. Even many men find it convenient and less stressful when they work from home on a freelance basis. Freelancing is also referred to as telecommuting, and those who belong to this category are increasing quite rapidly. According to some studies, the number of telecommuting workforce in American has increased by a whopping 80% from 2005 to 2012. Hence, there is no denying the fact that working from home has certainly taken roots, and it will continue to grow quite strongly.

Should I Dress Up Formally?

When working from home, many of us tend to take things easily, and often, there is a laidback attitude to it. While this might look convenient and easy, according to experts, the way we dress for our work has a role to play as far as our efficiency and productivity are concerned. Switching from working at an office to working in a home could be a challenge, and it is a big change. Hence, you should try and answer the question of whether you should dress up formally even while working from home.

Yes Dressing Does Impact Your Work From Home

Though there is not much of a consensus on our work-from-home productivity and the way we dress, studies have pointed out that there are certain types of clothing that can influence the psychological process of the wearer. It also could alter his or her perception. People who work from home and who are also formally dressed tend to become more serious and more focused on their work. It does not mean that the person has to wear blazers, tie, and shoes, but he or she should look formal when they look at themselves in the mirror. Wearing informal and home-dresses often tends to make a person-friendly, laid back, and this could have a ripple effect and could impact the way in which you work.

Why Being Dressed For The Occasion Helps

The way we look and the way we dress has a direct bearing on our productivity level. However, this does not mean that we should be uncomfortably dressed in our endeavor to look formal. There is nothing wrong being in Pajamas provided it is neat, pressed and not crumpled and dirty. Getting on to your workstation straight from your bed should be avoided. There are some basic lessons in the discipline that one should follow. If you look at workers and even business persons in countries like India and China, they treat their workplace as a place of worship. Hence, they believe that they should go to their place of worship neat and clean. They are of the firm opinion that they should open their computers and their telecommuting set up after they have taken their bath or after they have freshened up.

The Proof Of The Pudding Lies In Eating

There are many people who are of the opinion that being dressed casually does not impact performance at home in any manner whatsoever. They also do have a point, but one should know the difference between being casually dressed and being downright lazy and unkempt. The latter should be avoided at all costs. If there are people who still believe that dress does not have a role to play, let them try out three different scenarios.

  • You could try and be in your normal office dress, perhaps without a blazer or tie. You could start working and find out as to how it feels after a couple of hours of work.
  • You could be in your casual clothes but be sure that it is comfortable and cozy. A T-shirt with jeans is a perfect example of being casually dressed.
  • You could be in your nightgown or pajamas which you might have used for your nights’ sleep. Try working with these dresses on.

There are research studies to prove that the level of concentration and focus is certainly much higher in the first two types of dresses. This is perhaps because of the subconscious mind that tells your conscious mind to perform better when you are either formally dressed or casually dressed with decent outfits.

Conclusion

In fine, though many people may not agree that the way we dress in our homes has a role to play in our freelancing and home-based assignments, science and logic prove otherwise. Hence, there is nothing wrong being decently dressed when you are at your workstation. You should learn to respect and revere your work. Yes, there are also other things like the ambiance and work environment that you have. It should not be noisy, and the ambiance should allow you to concentrate on your work properly. It all boils down to individual mindsets and other attributes. At the end of it all, it does make sense to be decently dressed without going overboard and imposing strict dressing codes on you while working from home.

Importance of Dressing for Success

The Importance of Dressing for Success

Having dressed up for a special occasion, did you feel a sense of confidence than normal? This is likely because you unknowingly practiced the psychology of dressing for success. Some might argue: how does something as inanimate as clothing affect your confidence? As it turns out, a lot more than you might think. In today’s article, we’re going to discuss how the way you dress affects your attitude and confidence, as well as the importance of dressing for success.

Outfits and Their Appeal to Yourself

There’s something about looking good that generates levels of confidence no matter the situation you’re in. Consider the way you felt, when you finally mustered the confidence to ask your crush out on a date, you will likely dress for the success of that situation. Haven’t you gotten dressed up and had your hair professionally trimmed and groomed before your date?  If you have ever done a task correctly or achieved a personal incentive such as a better-looking body or a healthier diet; it probably made you feel more confident or genuinely happy. Dressing for success accomplishes this same feeling because if you think you look good, then you outwardly express that same energy.

Outfits and Their Appeal to Others

On the opposite end, the way you dress is going to be perceived in such a way by other people. If you show up to your job wearing a Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts, and some flip flops, you will express a vibe of one that is too laid back and lacking a work ethic. Not only will others think of you as casual, but you yourself might think in terms of a casual manner. Thinking casually and not professionally may hinder your work ethic, produce less of a result, and potentially end the day on a bad note.

If you dress for success, it may influence your workmates as well. When others see you actively trying to look professional and hard-working, some of that energy will cause them to wonder: “He looks great, he is working hard! Maybe I should step up my game, so the boss sees!” Though that perception is a working example, the same idea carries over to many other intentions you and your outfit may have.

How You Can Start Dressing for Success

If you like the idea of your clothes, making you think and feel more successful, then here are some tips to start dressing for success. In the morning, take the extra time to do your hair, really make sure you cleaned your teeth for a perfect smile, and ensure that you did a respectable job shaving. Next make sure your outfit stands out with an air of professionalism, tuck in your shirt just right, make sure there are no creases, and when you are satisfied, make sure that you know you look good. Your success depends on your own psychology of dressing for success. So, look good, feel good, and own the day with your professionalism – both your boss and your work-ethic will thank you.