October 31, 2012 Leave a comment
As human service workers assisting people with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment, we are required to follow a dress code. One of the reasons for this is that we want to be taken seriously by prospective or familiar employers. The way we present ourselves may be the difference between a person gaining a new position, or having a door figuratively, “slammed in their face”. We are the stewards between work and the people we support and it is imperative that we look presentable when out in the community.
Another reason for dressing presentably is that we want to be positive role models for the people we serve. Because of the stigma related to disability we want the folks we work with to dress well so that they are seen in a positive light. A person wearing a mickey mouse shirt to a job interview will be less likely to land the position than a person who arrives wearing business or business casual clothing. It is part of our job to help the people we support recognize the difference.
If we take the time to put our best face forward when arriving at work, those we serve will be more likely to understand the importance of it. If we want to show people with disabilities in a positive light, it is necessary that we take care of ourselves first.