Thursday, July 8, 2010

Perception



Earlier today, one of my staff came up to me and said that Jan (a guy from another department) came up to her yesterday and said this to her:

"Karen (referring to me) is all dressed up for work everyday. Would someone please tell her that there's no party?"

Isn't that one of the funniest things you've ever heard? I still chuckle whenever I replay that comment in my head.

Dressing up???? I thought I was being work appropriate.

I guess it's all perception. What one perceives as dressing up, another perceives as normal attire. It's no wonder that some people show up in spandex workout attire or club clothes with their boob up to their chin ... and think that they're work appropriate.

Perception. It's all perception, I say.

3 comments:

AppGal said...

Ugh. I just had to comment on this. Why do people insist on dressing so sloppily for work, and who cares if you insist on looking nice on a day-to-day basis? I get comments like this (to my face) all the time at work and it REALLY bugs me. I won't get back into my rant, but you can read how I feel about this subject here.

cK said...

Hi Karen,
So glad you're back blogging!

I just had to comment on this as I get the same thing! I work in a Cardiac Rehab clinic (I'm the clinic coordinator/office manager) and have had a never ending stream of comments from the cardiologist's receptionist (we share a waiting room). This morning I was greeted by a VERY LOUD "well look at what the cat dragged in! What are you dressed up for today?"

Irritating yes, but I just laugh it off. For every one of their inane comments I usually get at least 10 lovely comments per day from patients and my colleagues.

I also find that my colleagues and even the adjoining office staff have improved their own wardrobes (since I wear a different outfit everyday! LOL) and have even asked my "opinion" on something they are thinking of purchasing.

So like you I say perception (and maybe a little jealousy!) Meow! :)

gigiofca said...

I'm sure they feel slouchy & a pressure to dress up & match, but they don't want to.

Keep going. You look great and impress. Very important if better jobs are available to you, client relations, etc...