The Indian government is projecting 10% export growth this year, after a poor performance in 2012. The prediction is based on recovery in North America, the largest destination for clothing exports, which has filled Indian order books. On the other hand, the only claim for Europe is ‘fingers crossed’ because the Euro Zone recovery is proving to be very slow.
How does clothing affect us at work, and what does workplace clothing have to do with the economy?
1. While many of us have necessary clothing for our job, such as safety gear or a uniform, what we do with it can make a huge difference. The pictures of Richard Branson dressed as a Virgin air stewardess this week make clear that a uniform can look perfect or perfectly horrible, depending on context!
2. If you don’t have a uniform, the way you dress can affect you and others: overly dramatic, revealing or sloppy clothing can distract your colleagues and cause accidents. A workplace dress code also affects clients, customers and suppliers and dressing appropriately can allow individuals to feel more confident and professional which in turn gives clients a sense of worth and suppliers a sense of aspiring to achieve standards.
3. First impressions also count – if we are politely greeted by a well-dressed individual our own self-esteem is boosted, while if we are grunted at by a poorly-dressed one our self-esteem and our view of their organisation, both plummet.
4. Overdressing is a negative too – on the other hand, it’s possible to give the impression that an employee is vain and more concerned with making an impression than appropriately dressed for the job in hand, so it’s important to know the difference between dressing well and overdressing.