It turns out you may have reason to be paranoid, because they are watching. And
judging too. While your office mates might not be diming you out to human
resources for your shabby dress, they're watching closely and forming opinions.
Not very flattering ones either.
The majority of respondents---56 percent---admitted they make assumptions
about people at the office based on how they're dressed. While your kindergarten
teacher told you not to judge a book by its cover, the cold reality of life in
the modern workplace is a totally different animal. Here are comments from some
of our survey-takers:
"I might think someone who is dressed down for work
might not be that smart." "Men who are sloppy and women who show too
much skin are viewed as junior." "I think when people are poorly
dressed for work they come across as not being team players and as not having
respect for the workplace."