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Mistaking the suit for power and respect instead of the act
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mai_neh From: mai_neh Date: May 3rd, 2013 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
People do treat me differently when I'm wearing a suit.

I've usually worked for organizations that have no dress code, so I'm used to working with very smart people who are wearing jeans and t-shirts. I have no problem with this. But I know that people typically signal their seriousness and desire to move up by starting to wear nicer clothes to the office. It is just part of the game.

I remember when a colleague of mine was selected for a detail over at Treasury, that weekend he was at Nordstrom buying handsome new suits and ties. It was a way for him to signal to his new team that he treated this detail seriously, and eventually he was hired for the job instead of sent back.

Wearing a suit is never sufficient, of course. People won't take you seriously only because you wear a suit. But it is a tool of power projection, no way around this.
lakeguy From: lakeguy Date: May 3rd, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see that happen all the time at work, people wearing suits are treated totally different then when not
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 21st, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there may always be somewhere that will give someone favor because they're wearing a suit. The suit industry certainly has job security. XD

Do you think it's because I don't secretly find suits hot and aren't hiring them for the eye candy? ;)
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