Topic: office politics

Could Dressing Too Well For Work Actually Hurt Your Career?

Could Dressing Too Well For Work Actually Hurt Your Career?

On this site we are always talking about how important it is to dress well for work. According to a new infographic from Highest Paying Careers, 65% of bosses say that dress could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. But could dressing too well ever hurt you? For example, let’s say you are in an entry-level job and having been trying to get promoted. Now, hopefully, you haven’t used need more money as an excuse because that might hurt you when you come in every day with a Louis Vuitton Speedy and Christian Louboutin heels. A totally clueless boss may not notice but, if he or she doesn’t then your coworkers will and they may wonder why you should be promoted over them, because you clearly don’t need the money (even if that may not be the case.) We talked to some women who felt that their expensive wardrobes may have hurt their careers. More »

‘I Quit My Job Because Of Mean Girls’: 4 True Stories

âI Quit My Job Because Of Mean Girlsâ: 4 True Stories

Will we ever be able to escape mean girls? According to research, probably not. Though we are physically out of high school we are now in the workplace which, in some ways, is just like high school except with more money and an HR department. We know girls can be so mean in high school that the ones who are victims are often inconsolable and scarred for life. Though these stories do make for great entertainment (Mean Girls, The Heathers, 13 Going on 30, Never Been Kissed, Suburgatory, The Bachelorette, Men at Work) it is not as funny when it happens in the real workplace. Some women are so bullied by other women at work that they actually feel like quitting their job is the only solution. We talked to some women who said they were forced to leave their jobs because of mean girls in the office. More »

Are Female Fashion Designers At A Disadvantage Because They Aren’t As Social As Men?

Are Female Fashion Designers At A Disadvantage Because They Arenât As Social As Men?

A few weeks ago Nicole Phelps of Style.com asked why aren’t there more successful female fashion designers in New York? It seemed like an odd question considering that when most of us think of fashion we think of women. But actually Phelps pointed out that though fashion seems like a more female friendly industry it is actually another boys’ club. A more glamorous, satin-adorned boys’ club but a boys’ club none the less. At the CFDA Awards last June the prizes were given out to 18 men and three women. The stats are similar for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And yet, 85% of Parsons’ student body is made up of women. So why are the women not getting the glory as designers? According to Phelps, women may be at a disadvantage because they aren’t as social as their male peers and this may be holding them back. We decided to talk to some women and men in the industry and see if this was really the case. More »

Are We Supposed To Be Shocked That Women Look In The Mirror 8 Times A Day?

Are We Supposed To Be Shocked That Women Look In The Mirror 8 Times A Day?

Women check their appearance in the mirror an average of eight times a day, according to a new survey that is apparently meant to be shocking. And it’s not just traditional mirrors: We use other people’s glasses, shop windows, the side mirrors on cars, and smart-phone screens to get the job done. Our confidence varies by mirror, too: 5% of women said they look their worst in the bathroom at work. Is all this mirror-glancing a sign of runaway vanity, or just confirmation that appearance matters, especially during the workday? More »

Topless Protesters At Davos Fight The Power With Two Weapons Each

Topless Protesters At Davos Fight The Power With Two Weapons Each

Would you be willing to take your top off in freezing cold weather for justice? Topless members of the Ukrainian protest group FEMEN showed up at Davos this week to protest the oppression of the poor. Their slogan: “Our God is woman, our mission is protest, our weapons are bare breasts.”

FEMEN have been around since 2008, and the group has a history of showing up at major events and stripping down in protest of whatever’s bothering them: censorship, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, and domestic violence, among other issues. More »