Should Your Boss Tell You How to Look?

Company dress codes have made the news a lot this year. In New York a banker was allegedly fired for looking too sexy. And after American Apparel‘s guide, which encourages “full eyebrows” leaked,New York magazine’s The Cut reported on several other retail stores’ rules, most of which are pretty standard for businesses that are selling style. But this week, it’s Swiss bank UBS that takes the cake, with a 44-page guide to hygiene and clothing that includes some hilarious minutia. It’s in French, but several news outlets have offered translations of some of the best lines.

NPR’s Jamie Tarabay’s favorite: “the best time to apply your perfume is right after a hot shower.” (Check out the comments on the NPR story for reader translations.)

Yes. It gets that specific.

From the Wall Street Journal:
“Male employees of a certain age are warned against dying their hair, because artificial color contrasts excessively with the actual age of your skin.”

From Business Insider: “It is important that this lotion is fragrance free or smells neutral, because even if it’s pleasant, when mixed with the perfume it could clash and be too harsh.”

“We recommend protecting skin by applying a skin cream that consists of nourishing and soothing elements. Thus, your skin will appear beautiful and you will be radiant!”

In the booklet, the company says the usual things about appearance being non-verbal communication and empasizes the need to look, not just act, like a professional. But it also adds, according theBusiness Insider translation that: “A flawless appearance can bring inner peace and a sense of security.” Do you agree? How would you feel about following a dress code set in place by your employer?

 

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