Gender specific rules in the workplace revealed

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A new survey has shown interesting results regarding gender specific rules in UK workplaces – with men being the most likely to be scrutinised for their appearance in an office environment.

The recent data, compiled by CV-Library, found that one in four (22.5%) employees have to adhere to gender specific rules at work – this is despite over half (56.2%) agreeing that these rules are sexist.

Surprisingly, many of the rules discussed by respondents were aimed at the appearance of male employees.

The most common gender specific rules included:

– Men not allowed to wear shorts (78.4%)

– Women having to wear skirts or dresses of a certain length (20.7%)

– Men not allowed to wear jewellery (16.7%)

– Men having to wear ties (16.7)

– Men not allowed to have long hair (14.5%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented on the latest results, “While there’s been a flood of media stories around equality in the workplace, especially in terms of the gender pay gap, it’s important that all forms of sexism are challenged.

“We often hear that women are judged on their appearance at the hiring stage. But our data suggests that male employees are more likely to face these problems in the workplace.

“Employers should make sure that any rules they enforce are fair and justified. Above all, they need to remember that rules should apply to all employees.

“Plus, while dress codes are understandable, they should also be flexible. Especially considering the spate of hot weather we’ve been having recently. Strict work attire such as ties and heavy suits can be uncomfortable and too warm, causing dips in productivity.”

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