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Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?

There seems to be this unwritten rule for white collar jobs (especially when you have external clients that you work with) that having a beard is unprofessional, ESPECIALLY if you are young. What is the deal with this norm? I grow a pretty decent beard, and I keep it up and it looks good. I don't see where all the grief comes from.

I now work at a place where it seems more laid back. I have a beard now, but I feel like I get dirty looks sometimes.

Anyone know why the hate?


lordguill
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
As long as it's neatly trimmed, I don't see what the big deal is.


HBR
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
Most (if not all) larger agencies forbid it. I've seen alot of small town ones that apparently don't mind.


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4LSU2
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
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As long as it's neatly trimmed, I don't see what the big deal is.


This.


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Salmon
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
I have a beard and I work in a professional environment.

But we are also all geologists, scientists, or engineers, so...



Afreaux
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SUB
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
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geologists, scientists, or engineers, so...


It seems like the very specialized and hard-to-replace employees get away with things like this for obvious reasons.


ocelot4ark
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
Guys wearing beards shouldn't be looked at with any more disdain than some of the dumbass haircuts/styles women rotate in the workplace.

I've been wearing one the last 3 months (first time ever) and my boss hasn't said anything. We're a mix of business/business casual depending on the client.


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KBeezy
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
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Anyone know why the hate?


You are self conscious and lack confidence

It's in your head, there is no hate


I Love Bama
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
If it is thick and trim. Mine is splotchy so even trimmed it would not look appropriate.


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4X4DEMON
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
I have a beard and I work in healthcare. I've never noticed any malice toward the furry individuals such as myself. After deer season I'll probably shave it off. Atleast to a goatee.


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mylsuhat
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
I keep mine neatly trimmed and others around the office do the same

Geologist on the other hand, you can tell who they are


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ellishughtiger
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
We have not had a commander in chief with a beard since post-reconstruction...


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chief420
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
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Anyone know why the hate?


Most of it comes from people who cannot for whatever reason grow any decent looking facial hair and end up with that splotchy inbred looking stuff.


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Spirit of Dunson
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
I wear a beard every winter for about 4 months. I usually get a couple of comments on day 2/3, but that is it. I still shave at least every other day on the neck and top of cheeks to keep it neat.


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Homey the Clown
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
I grew a beard a month or so ago and i work in the engineering field and no one mentioned anything about it except for the three women that work here telling me how frickin manly and sexy i look with it. But thats all.


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Factsman
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
i roll with the short, prickly stubble a lot, but shave ifgoing see clients


S
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
5 o'clock shadow = panties on the ground.


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m2pro
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
lol at this question...

beards are pimp... keep it trimmed up and clean on neck and f'k what anyone else says.


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Salmon
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re: Is Having a Beard Acceptable in a Professional Environment?
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It seems like the very specialized and hard-to-replace employees get away with things like this for obvious reasons.


I grew out my beard for 6 months last year, and the only comment I got from my boss was how impressive it was, and a few Grizzly Adam jokes.

But we don't really need to look handsome for the dirt, so nobody cares.
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