In a survey of more than 2,000 bosses and HR managers, it was determined that there are five key ways your appearance could be holding you back from a promotion.
According to the research by Harris Poll, dressing too casually, or wearing clothing that your boss deems “provocative”, were common reasons that held employees back from climbing the corporate ladder.
But perhaps the most interesting finding, and unequivocally the most uncomfortable to address, was the matter of personal hygiene.
It was reported that “23 per cent of managers said that bad breath could end someone’s chances of nabbing a promotion…” Other problems included body odour, unwashed hair or unclean clothing.
A few years ago, I worked with a young intern who struggled with personal hygiene. It didn’t appear she was showering before work, her hair wasn’t clean, her clothes weren’t washed and she had quite potent body odour.
She was good at her job and worked hard. But I knew that she would struggle to achieve full time employment if she didn't address her personal hygiene.
Looking back, telling her is probably the kindest thing I could have done. Much like I'd tell a friend if she had spinach in her teeth, or if she had a piece of toilet paper attached to her shoe.
But I didn't know how. I didn't want to embarrass her - and I know if someone told me that I'd be absolutely mortified.