By Daniel Hunter
One in three workers are against colleagues expressing their personal fashion style at work, and nearly two thirds even want their businesses to instate a strict dress code.
The study of 1,500 UK workers across all levels, by jobs board CV-Library, also found that 17% of those who have expressed their style at work felt uncomfortable and 13.7% have been told it is unacceptable by their managers.
Just over 13% also said that they feel their fashion sense is holding back their career progression.
Tatoos and piercings are the biggest issue, with nearly 60% believing those with obvious tattoos an extreme piercings are likely to face slower career progression - of those, 39% admitted having tattoos or piercings themselves. Almost half (47.5%) of those surveyed had visible tattoos and nearly a third have piercings other than in their earlobes.
Thirty-one per cent of those surveyed admitted to wearing "unqiue" clothing. And nearly half (44%) of male workers have designer facial hair.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Whether we like it or not, we are all judged by our appearances and it’s important that employees seriously consider the consequences of any choices they make when it comes to expressing personal style at work.
"Whilst everybody should have the freedom to express themselves, it’s important to remember that a place of work is a professional environment, meaning that an employee’s appearance and actions should also be reviewed from a professional perspective.”