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Beards at work are now a major turn-off say 61% of female office workers

Beards at work are now a major turn-off say 61% of female office workers

Recent fashion trends have led to an increase in the number of UK men growing beards. But new research has shown that beards are a major turn-off in the workplace and could be affecting business. www.Londonoffices.com surveyed 1000 UK office workers on topics related to office life and encouraged participants to be brutally honest about what most irritates them.

When asked about their colleagues’ personal hygiene, 61% of female respondents mentioned unkempt beards as a big irritant versus only 10% of men.

38% said that beards look “unprofessional” versus 5% of men and 25% of female respondents felt their company had lost business because of a bearded colleague’s appearance versus 1% of men.

CEO of www.Londonoffices.com Chris Meredith comments: “It’s ok to be fashionable at work as long as it fits in with the general dress code or is for religious needs. Big beards, tattoos and piercings are always a grey area at work. If a company is public facing, it’s only right that they expect a certain professional appearance from their employees”

The survey revealed that the industry with the most troublesome beards is the creative media trade where dress codes and work environments tend to be more relaxed. One office worker commented that they “wished facial pubes would be banned”. Other comments included the visual appearance of some men’s beards “physically making my skin itch”.

UK Employment Law states that employers should provide written dress code policies, and that the rules within these policies can be different for men and women so long as they are equally imposing.

Chris Meredith also stated: “perhaps the hipster beard trend has reached its peak. Either that or Britain’s bearded workers are badly in need of some new trimmers this Christmas to have a tidy up”

Source: HR News

1 year ago

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