4 Office Habits to Avoid for a Professional Image

Why do some women face perceptions of being inappropriate or less effective in the workplace?


Capt (R) Zaira Yasser, CIC

5/19/20231 min read

a woman sitting at a desk with her hands covering her face
a woman sitting at a desk with her hands covering her face

Have you ever wondered why some women are perceived as inappropriate or less effective in the workplace? It's important to be aware of certain behaviors that can unintentionally damage our image. These are the 4 habits you need to correct immediately:

  1. Avoid overpowering fragrances or unpleasant body and breath odor. Keep mouth fresheners handy for a quick freshen up.

  2. Groom in private and not in public areas. Save activities like combing hair or applying lipstick for the restroom or your own personal space.

  3. Keep your desk organized and free from excessive personal items. A clutter-free workspace promotes professionalism and efficiency.

  4. Practice cleanliness in the office kitchen. Avoid leaving unwashed tea cups, forgotten lunch items in the refrigerator, or creating a mess in shared areas without cleaning up.

By being mindful of these habits, you can cultivate a professional image that showcases your dedication to your job and respect for your workplace. Make a conscious effort to improve these areas and see the positive impact it has on your professional reputation and relationships.

Remember, small changes in behavior can make a big difference in how others perceive you at work. Take action today and elevate your professional image!

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