Ever heard of the phrase — looking good is good business? Well, for the purpose of this piece of writing, let’s go a step further to say looking good is good for business.
In the professional world, modes of dressing differ from office to office. In some offices, you are allowed to dress with whatever you are comfortable with as long as it increases creativity and produces good results. Other offices are strict on formal dress codes, meanwhile, there’s also a balance between being conservative and liberal in many other offices. We all fall into one of these categories.
However, it is important to note that looking good is not only beneficial to the company, but it is also more of an advantage to you. Let’s quickly take a look at a few of these benefits.
First impression matters.
Don’t be tempted to think you’ve gone past the first impression stage even if you’ve been at your job for some time now. The way you look and carry yourself still creates a lasting impression on your colleagues, not forgetting to mention new clients and employees just joining the company. If your dressing gives them the impression that you’re sloppy, they are very likely to have a low expectation of you and not take you seriously.
Dressing to impress is not a crime.
A few colleagues might make you feel like you’re upsetting others with the way you look and carry yourself. The truth is when you dress well, more people are going to take you seriously and trust you to deliver excellently because they can tell how much you take yourself seriously.
Looking good isn’t really always about what others think, it is mainly about you and how it makes you feel. How would you feel working into a Monday morning meeting looking too scruffy and everyone’s gaze is disappointedly fixed on you? How will the same scenario play if you walked into that office looking very good? it doesn’t only increase your self-confidence, it will also impress and attract other people.
Looking good is a confidence booster, it gives you the kind of self-esteem you need to be able to reach for and handle challenging tasks. With this, you are able to produce outstanding results that everyone will be proud of.
Trust is always a hard one to build, but it’s amazing how looking good can influence management and even your colleagues to feel confident about entrusting you with certain responsibilities. When you dress shabbily to work it announces you to everyone in a negative light. It gets your colleague to begin to assume that your job is of no interest to you and you’re not taking it seriously, this is not a good place to be.
Ready for opportunities.
Opportunities lurk in unexpected places, often showing up at unexpected times. Looking good prepares you for such opportunities because when they come, there won’t be an issue of self-doubt or low esteem due to poor appearance. Learn to look good as you never know who you would run into or what opportunities may arise in the course of the day.
Even if your company values you for your knowledge and what you bring to the table, you still have to dress the way you would like to be addressed. Proper grooming and professional appearance are important to gain respect in the workplace.
These are only a few benefits of looking good, but as you start looking good to work always, you will not go unnoticed and you will definitely unlock other benefits.