As Our Workplaces Become More Casual, Is Our Behavior Following Suit?

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In many workplaces today, “Casual Friday” has become “Casual Everyday.” Some companies have even begun a “Formal Friday” to target dressing professionally. Professional presence is vital to a company’s ability to get and keep clients. Poise, self-confidence and self-control make up professional presence. Here are tips from our “Professional Presence in a Casual World” program: Be Positive. A positive… Read more »

5 Keys to Increased Professionalism in Your Workplace

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The term “professionalism” means many things, depending on the situation. So what does professionalism actually mean? Is it the number of degrees you hold, your job title, or certifications? How about your dress, or the way you present yourself and resolve conflicts? It can be all of these. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines professionalism as “the… Read more »

The Last Word on Summer Business Attire for Professional Presence?

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We act the way we dress. Neglected and untidy clothes reflect a neglected and untidy mind. However, the changing seasons certainly play a role. How we dress for social occasions changes drastically from winter to summer, as we obviously adjust to the outdoor temperature. But does the same rule hold true for professional attire? Are… Read more »

6 Professionalism Style Tips for Winter Weather

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When the temperature drops, it’s difficult to get out of your warm bed in the morning, let alone consider wearing anything except sweatpants (and maybe a Snuggie) into the office. Unfortunately, loungewear isn’t generally acceptable as winter work wear, so you need to find a way to dress professionally while still staying warm and comfortable…. Read more »

How to Dress Professionally: For Men

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Hang out with a group of computer programmers for long enough, and your sense of “business attire” will start to warp. At a number of Silicon Valley start-ups, the young founders decided that they and their employees were more comfortable in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals, so they made casual dress the norm. Are you dying… Read more »

How to Dress Professionally: For Women

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Wouldn’t it be great if jeans and flip-flops qualified as professional attire? The workforce might just become more productive, because people would feel happier and more comfortable all day. In a perfect world, appearances wouldn’t matter at all, and you’d be evaluated solely on the quality of your work. But in our reality, appearances do… Read more »