(By Deni Kirkova)
”Bosses often appoint and promote people who are like them. Boards are renowned for electing members that resemble existing ones. Clothes are a shorthand for who we are and what we are like, but research shows they can also change the wearer’s personality.”
Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t just about putting in the hours and hitting targets.
According to new research the secret of getting ahead in the workplace is simple: dress like your boss.
The study discovered a majority of managers (68 per cent) had heightened awareness of staff with a similar style to them. They also said such colleagues ‘gained brownie points’.
The study suggests the old adage, dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got, has an element of truth.
This has led to a new office trend of ‘work twins’ – something that Debenhams, who carried out the survey, say came up as a common feature in British workplaces.
The survey of 2,000 people showed that six in 10 (61 per cent) said they thought dressing like their colleagues created a better team spirit and a higher level of productivity.
Half of those (54 per cent) said that they were heavily influenced by what their managers and colleagues wear to work, while a third (33 per cent) said their team deliberately buy the same clothes and plan to wear them on the same day.
32 per cent of people surveyed found themselves accidentally dressing like their colleagues on average two to three days per week – a subconscious action that is a reaction to spending so much time together.
‘The trend for workplace copycats has been on the increase and it is now a running joke in most offices when colleagues turn up in similar attire,’ says a spokesman for Debenhams.
‘The standard is usually set by the boss on the style expected for work and then the rest of the workplace follows suit.’
Psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire Dr Karen Pine says; ‘Humans tend to be drawn to people who are like them, since difference can be perceived as threatening. People feel safer when they dress alike.’
‘They are signalling their need to belong to the group. A team that chooses the same style of dress for work is indicating their cohesiveness. This may reflect a wider collaborative culture within the organisation or a high need for conformity.’
‘Bosses often appoint and promote people who are like them. Boards are renowned for electing members that resemble existing ones. Clothes are a shorthand for who we are and what we are like, but research shows they can also change the wearer’s personality.’
‘So dressing like the boss may bring out a person’s leadership behaviours. It could even subconsciously influence others to see them as management material.
‘You could say that people who dress like their superiors have found a smart way to get noticed and accepted.
‘As many graduates will be starting their first jobs this week, the age-old age of ‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have’ is still as useful as ever.’ Concluded Pine.
Designer at Debenhams Be de Lisi says; ‘For a key trend this season inject vivid reds for a strong look – they are the perfect way to brighten any work wardrobe.’
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