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37% of managers have chosen not to promote an employee because they dress ‘inappropriately’

UK workers could be hampering their own career progression because they don’t understand how to dress in the workplace, according to research conducted on behalf of Simon Jersey.

The study, which polled 2,000 people, showed that 34% of employees don’t fully understand how to follow a ‘smart casual’ dress code.

According to the findings, almost two-thirds (65%) of workers believe they have been overlooked for a pay rise or promotion in the past simply because of the way they dressed.

Additionally, 37% of managers admitted that they have chosen not to award an employee with a pay rise or promotion because they consistently dressed inappropriately.

Other key findings included:

  • 36% of Britons would now describe their workplace dress code as ‘smart casual’
  • 32% of UK workers said they have fallen foul of the ‘smart casual’ description
  • 64% of respondents believe you can judge how good someone is at their job based on how they are dressed
  • 55% think that employees now dress less smartly than they did 10 years ago

Simon Jersey’s design manager, Helen Harker, said, “The difficulty with smart casual is that it’s often referenced as the dress code in event invitations and in work contracts, but it’s never quite clear what it means. We think businesses should aim to be more specific, especially when it comes to what people should wear to work so it saves the stress on both sides.

“In general, smart casual for work is anything that helps you create a professional look, with a relaxed feel that allows you to stay comfortable and show your personal style,” she commented.

Read Simon Jersey's Ultimate Guide here

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