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How important is what we wear to work?

By Jeffry Farman, director, CountryPlace Conference Centre.


Let’s start by saying it is important how we dress.

Think about your car when you get it back from service. Shiny and clean. Tires blackened and smelling nice. Sends a message doesn’t it. Your car has been in the hands of experts. Reliable people for quality customer service delivery. It says something positive. You are happy to continue working with these professionals like this.

The airlines put a lot of effort into how employees represent their company. How they convey a feeling of confidence and professionalism. We can put our trust in them.

Equally, when we dress for work we are sending a message. What will your dress code be? What sort of message will you send?

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What is appropriate dress code for the workplace?

The PA/EA’s world is often a competitive world. And while you’re looking after the company’s best interests you should also be considering your own. We would never try to tell you what you should wear. But, we would strongly suggest you should decide what message you would like to communicate. How you would like your colleagues to see you.
Think about the message you want to send to your colleagues, your customers and your management. Some appropriate considerations may be:

  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Capable
  • Efficient
  • Hard working

The way you present yourself will go a long way towards helping you send the message you have chosen to convey. Fashionable presentation can do a lot to advance your cause and prospects should a promotion be in the offing. And remember, you don’t have to go it alone.

Consider a fashion consultation

A second opinion may be quite valuable. You could learn a few tricks on how to authentically express yourself through fashion. A consultation could help you discover your personal style and learn how to dress your best with the body shape and colouring you naturally possess. Some women have found this a life changing experience.

Your Consultation could include:

  • Defining your personal style
• List of stores and labels true to your personal style

  • Style icons to inspire your personal style

  • Body type guide + list of best fabrics for your body

  • Body shape guide + list of flattering silhouettes for your shape

  • Custom colour analysis
  • Matching shoes, bags and accessories to your wardrobe

  • An objective review of your wardrobe

As we said, it’s a competitive world out there. We need all the help we can get. It’s worth thinking about.

These tips and many, many more can be found in our new FREE e-book, The PA/EA’s Helpful Handbook.

For around 30 years, CountryPlace Conference Centre, in Melbourne’s beautiful Dandenong Ranges, has been working closely with PA/EA’s to run successful business events. This experience has enabled us to provide a useful handbook of ideas, great articles and tips on how to effectively manage your time, plan your day, look after yourself and organise meetings. That’s why we have produced a FREE e-book to help.

Our Helpful Handbook for PA/EA’s has lots more on workplace wellbeing including lifting your performance, motivation, mental health, and more. The handbook also offers advice on diary management, personal styling, time management considerations, understanding dietary complexities, PA networking, dealing with difficult colleagues at work and lots, lots more. Here’s some of the topics:

  • Tips on diary management
  • Time management considerations
  • Wellbeing in the workplace (including yours)
  • Personal styling and presentation
  • Five useful productivity tools
  • Tips for minute taking
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues
  • Handling dietary complexities
  • PA networking
  • Useful seating arrangements for meetings
  • 6 scientifically backed ways to de-stress the conference planner

About CountryPlace


CountryPlace is an Australian family owned and operated venue located in the stunning Dandenong Ranges. Here we specialise in residential:

  • corporate conferences
  • workshops
  • training seminars
  • special weekend events (e.g. yoga retreats).

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