Beards Making Comeback at Work
Beards, which some call man's make-up, won't necessarily get you knocked out of the box for a job or a promotion. In fact, it can give you an edge, at least in some fields like advertising.
In the New York Post, Brian Moore says that beards are making a comeback in the workplace. One big reason why is that while unemployed, youths experimented with facial hair. That Joaquin Phoenix look caught on with those with jobs, including on influential Wall Street.
Another reason is that facial hair sends a low-key message of rebellion. That could be a perfect fit in creative professions and for leaders implementing change.
However, the beard might prove an irritant to some employers. Ordinarily, the law won't protect you on that one. The exception is if the beard is protected on religious grounds or is associated with a disability.
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Jane Genova, coach, book author, and lecturer on careers, specializes in transitions. Her talk on professional shifts at the New York State Bar Association has been published in VITAL SPEECHES OF THE DAY. Her latest book is OVER-50: HOW WE KEEP WORKING. She blogs on the subject at http://janegenova.com, http://lawandmore.typepad.com, http://careertransitions.typepad.com and http://over-50.typepad.com.more...