Singaporean workers dress too casually, says employers

Singaporean workers dress too casually, says employers

Image is a big factor when it comes to job interviews, and even for snagging that promotion.

A survey by the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) here revealed that bosses view an employee's image as an important attribute, along with job qualifications.

AICI president Pang Li Kin explains the importance of image in the workplace.

What makes a good first impression?

A top-to-toe visual image is what a boss first sees. Your appearance forms two thirds of a positive image, so pay attention to the way you groom yourself, how you're dressed, and what shoes you're wearing.

After that, the employer will look at non-verbal presentation skills. Be aware of your behaviour, etiquette and manners. Lastly, he will examine your verbal-communication skills, and your confidence level.

What are some big mistakes people make when it comes to their image?

From the survey, we found that bosses want to see less revealing, casual and sloppy clothes... It reflects badly on the company's image and performance if you don't look good and behave professionally.

What do bosses want to see more of when it comes to an employee's image?

The survey revealed that over seven in 10 senior managers want their staff to look more polished, smart and sharp. Dress appropriately for your job position or sector, always be decently covered up and remember that what you wear sends out a message (about you).

Do Singaporeans dress badly?

The issue in Singapore is not about dressing badly, but about dressing appropriately.

We tend to see overly-casual or inappropriate attire in the workplace.

This is mainly due to a lack of awareness of what is appropriate dressing. Bosses can help by educating their employees on appropriate workwear and behaviour, and (let them know that this) does affect their career advancement.

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