Employers say they are more likely to promote well-dressed workers.
Company dress codes are a never-ending battle in the working world.
Battle No. 1: Employees misinterpret the dress code or they don't abide by it.
Battle No. 2: Companies have a code in place but don't enforce it.
Battle No. 3: Companies don't have a dress code but they still reprimand employees for wearing certain attire.
Or, Battle No. 4: There's constant objection from certain industries along the lines of, "Why do I have to look nice at work if I don't see anybody?"
For example, if you're a sales employee who meets with clients every day, it makes sense to dress professionally. But for the writer who sits in his cube all day and rarely sees the sun, let alone another person, does it really matter what he's wearing?
If he wants to be promoted, it does. In a new CareerBuilder. com survey, 41 percent of employers said that people who dress better or more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization.
Where do wardrobes really matter?
According to the survey, dressing professionally is more important in some industries than it is in others.
Financial services is one industry that places the most emphasis on professional work attire. Fifty-five percent of workers in this sector say well-dressed employees are more likely to be promoted than others.
An additional 51 percent of sales representatives say the same thing about the likelihood of promotions in their industry.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, only 33 percent of manufacturing employers and 37 percent of IT employers say that professional attire influences whether or not an employee gets promoted.