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September 29, 2012

Looking back: Good grooming vital in days gone by seem to be missing today

Back in 2009 — exactly the Jan. 13, edition of The Daily Star — there was a “Dear Abby” by Jeanne Phillips column titled “Work dress code is crucial.” I cut that out and kept it.

The other day I was paging through one of our Bible translations (of all places) and there it was tucked away on the same page along with 1 Timothy 2:9, which empathizes well arranged dress. I carefully unfolded the now brittle piece of paper. It was worth the reread and a reprint.

Yes, now it is worth our attention, since today’s work ethics certainly need some sprucing up. Take it from this oldster, that when doing business anywhere, the first thing I see is the workforce and how they are presented —  a plus or a minus. (My husband and I have actually walked out of a business when hearing vulgar language.)

I went to school up outside of Boston, back in the early 1950s. Several college courses emphasized the need for a good appearance plus grooming when interviewing for a job. Also this was vital in keeping that job and progressing in your employment by having good work ethics. That would be not only pertain to your work habits but also in your presence and demeanor.

Here’s the column (in part):

“Trying to run a business in Florida” wrote: “Dear Abby: You’re in a position to do young people a great service by educating a generation that has grown up in a casual-dress world that there’s a line between how one dresses in personal life and how one dresses for work. Cross it, and it could negatively affect you career.” (That’s so true.)

The article went on to reiterate what a large company did to encourage better PR. It sent out to all employees dress code guidelines with a warning of repercussions if not adhered to. It worked.

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