Fashion and self-expression can clash with the demands of the working life. Your favourite tattoo, your shiny new body piercing or your radical hair style might draw more attention than you bargained for at work. This Work Scene Investigation looks at how far workplace appearance rules can go.
Image may be important to you, but your boss probably has other ideas! You may think your pink hair is the coolest, but what if you turn up to work and your employer tells you it is unacceptable? What are you going to do if you don’t like your uniform?
Get into groups and discuss the following debate topic:
Workers should be able to look as they please and wear what they want, provided they do their job correctly.
Do you agree or disagree? Please explain your answer. Share your views with the class.
Think about this: How and why do you think the following things can influence how you look at work?
Health and safety:
Front of house:
Office (meeting with clients):
Australian Curriculum Links:
Work Studies/Year 9/Career and life design: Gaining and keeping work
Identify the importance of rights and responsibilities for employers and workers.