Personal Appearance
vs. Productivity

Most workplaces have a dress code!

Some are professional attire. Others are more casual.

Regardless, your appearance will affect your professional presence.

Does the way you dress impact your productivity at work?

Can You Overdress for Success?

I recently presented at a professional conference in front of about 200 managers.

After the conference, several of the attendees approached me and inquired about my position at the company.

They were surprised to learn that I was not the head of the organization.

They frankly said, that due to my professional dress and how I presented, that it appeared I was the leader of the organization.

“The way you dress says a lot about how organized you are, how you present yourself, and how others perceive you.” (Tweet this Quote)

It turns out I had been the only presenter wearing a suit that day.

I found it amusing that due to appearances, it was assumed that I was senior to all of the executives who had been present.

The lesson here is to not underestimate how your dress affects how others perceive you.

How Your Appearance Affects Your Productivity

These days, fewer companies have a professional dress code. (Suit and tie, and similar professional attire for women.)

Upscale dress codes seem to be making a comeback, yet they actually never go out of style.

We all want to be judged on our merits and not a workplace dress code. However, how you present yourself does affect your professional capacity.

It affects how others perceive you. It affects your reputation. Ultimately, it affects your ability to be productive and get things done. (If you doubt this, talk to a professional salesperson.)

Here are several ways that your dress impacts your professional productivity:

  • Professional Appearance – People like to work with/do business with people who look professional. It is in our nature as visually driven beings. It can give ease and a sense of trust. It’s hard to be taken seriously if you look like you just rolled out of bed and are wearing what you wore yesterday.
  • Shows Organization – Dressing professionally signals that you have your stuff together and are organized. If your clothes are clean, pressed, and professional, it shows that you went the extra effort to be prepared.
  • Affects Your Reputation – Simply put, your appearance affects your reputation. While we would like to think that everyone is judged solely on their performance, the truth is that you will be judged on your appearance, as well. You don’t need to wear fancy clothes or have an expensive wardrobe. But, you will want to dress professionally for your job or industry.
  • Confidence Builder – When you feel good about your appearance, you feel good about yourself. Confidence can make a marked difference in how you hold yourself and present yourself in front of others.

Dress Up to Raise Your Professional Productivity

Don’t write off your professional appearance as superficial.

Step up your dress.

It will boost your confidence, appearance, and ultimately your ability to get things done.

It may just be the productivity booster you need to reach the next level professionally.


Article by Craig Jarrow