Guidelines for Grooming at the Office
Sandals even show up in summer at The Emily Post Institute. But casual attire doesn’t mean personal grooming is acceptable in one’s cubicle, any more than it’s acceptable in one’s office. Most grooming should be done privately, in a restroom or at home. The only exceptions that spring to mind are a quick brush of the hair, an application of hand lotion or, for a woman, a touch-up of lipstick. My litmus test is simple: How would the grooming behavior look if a major client or prospect happened to walk by as it was being done? The sight of someone with shoes or sandals off, bending over and applying lotion to bare feet, doesn’t send a very positive image.
Source: Post, Peter, "Etiquette at Work," Boston Globe
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