Career-ending facial hair

Beards, goatees and moustaches - oh my. Facial hair is back in fashion, but one study says it could be a bad career move. Would HR make a promotion decision based on what on someone's face?

Sporting a moustache may give off a wise and mature image but it does not seem to be reflected in terms of workplace seniority and career advancement opportunities.

According to the latest survey by the American Mustache Institute and Wahl Trimmers, 92% of Americans surveyed believe moustaches are appropriate for the workplace and 65% believed facial hair should be encouraged where they work.

However, the findings also suggested that moustached Americans are still the minority in managerial positions. Among the 1,109 people surveyed, only 30 per cent of them reported to a supervisor with facial hair.

“We’ve observed this anecdotally for decades at the Institute, and now we have data to confirm it," ‚ÄčAmerican Mustache Institute chief executive Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove said.

"Mustached Americans have fewer opportunities for advancement and leadership than their shaven counterparts.”

One reason for this could be the stereotype attached to having a moustache.

The moustached American lifestyle continues to be identified with a celebratory or 'party' culture, with 69 per cent of Americans surveyed associating moustached American lifestyles with excessive alcohol intake and 60 per cent of them being persistently well-groomed.

However, the job climate for moustached Americans seems to be favourable.

According to the survey, 93 per cent of respondents said they would recommend a job opening to a mustached friend.
 

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