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Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby shekkie75 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:50 pm

I've been having this debate with my wife the last few days.

While I've not been working I totally went Mountain, let the hair and the beard grow in. Tomorrow I have an interview with a company and I trimmed the beard to what I think is a groomed looking length and got my hair cut.

I'm not opposed to shaving the beard for the interview but I'd really rather not, I like the look and would like to maintain it. It's short, I keep it trimmed and shaped evenly and think it would be acceptable.

What do you think, MEEN?
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby sinman1974 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:53 pm

As long as it is groomed you should be fine.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby rmm » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:55 pm

i work for a NYSE financial services co, and have had my beard for 4/5 years i've worked here

i'd say it's not only fine, but that if you dont have one, people will assume you're a homosexual
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby JSiN-802 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:55 pm

in a wood shop/ cabinet making environment, i'd be surprised if an employee didn't have a beard or goatee.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby mrgerbik03 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:58 pm

A well groomed beard should be no problem
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby D-Linquent » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:59 pm

rmm wrote:i work for a NYSE financial services co, and have had my beard for 4/5 years i've worked here

i'd say it's not only fine, but that if you dont have one, people will assume you're a homosexual


So, you're telling him to shave... ;)


I don't think it's a problem. People have beards in my office. It's fine as long as you take care of yourself. :2cents:
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby doctor333 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:59 pm

Good luck shekkie.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby Antheddeous » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:04 pm

mrgerbik03 wrote:A well groomed beard should be no problem


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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby Greitas » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Jesus had a beard.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby mfb2007 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:30 pm

Sort of.

At my firm, you're not allowed to grow facial hair on company time - that's one of the very few restrictions they actually put on us. Now, I can take 2 weeks off of work and not shave and come back and have a beard and as long as I maintain it and keep it nice, its a non-issue. But, I can't decide on a random Monday that I want to grow a beard and just stop shaving.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby leclerk » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:36 pm

mfb2007 wrote:Sort of.

At my firm, you're not allowed to grow facial hair on company time - that's one of the very few restrictions they actually put on us. Now, I can take 2 weeks off of work and not shave and come back and have a beard and as long as I maintain it and keep it nice, its a non-issue. But, I can't decide on a random Monday that I want to grow a beard and just stop shaving.


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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby prochargedKOTA » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:37 pm

Since I work in a family owned business I have no input really. But I do want to wish you good luck at your interview Shek.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby DaMiTrOn » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:39 pm

Beards are MAANLY! I say yes!
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby tollywoodsju » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:42 pm

I work in a Fortune 500 company HQ and I have a nicely trimmed beard and have had it for the better part of 2 years. There is nothing on the books that says you can't have facial hair in our code of conduct. I do have friends that have the same stipulation as MFB though. They can't be in the 'tweener stage with facial hair. Has to be completely shaven or distinctively grown.

Also, Good Luck with the interview Shek
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby twodogs257 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:53 pm

Like the rest above, as long as you keep it groomed, there should be no problem with having one. I've worked a number of corporate jobs at company's like Ruby Tuesdays (accountant), Clayton Homes (internal auditor), EdAmerica (csr) and not one of them had a problem with beards/goatees. There are quite a few disciplines out there like airline pilots, cops, etc that only allow a mustache.....I think in your line of business, you'll be just fine man. Just don't go in looking like Grizzly Adams and you'll do fine. Good luck!
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby Bayou-Bangle » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:43 pm

I agree with the rest of the posts as long as it kept clean and trimmed shouldn't have a problem. Working in construction it's either clean shaven jobs or whatever grows goes.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby sniper--dog » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:58 pm

I thought you just got a job? Now your switching again?
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby ShadowDarkStorm » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:01 pm

The only issue is the guys that can't really grow a beard. Like everyone says as it looks neat and well groomed you should be fine. Now if you shaved it I wouldn't be surprised if you had a better chance.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby Visegrip117 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Bayou-Bangle wrote:I agree with the rest of the posts as long as it kept clean and trimmed shouldn't have a problem. Working in construction it's either clean shaven jobs or whatever grows goes.




Ha Ha aint that the truth.


I say the beard is fine as long as its neat.
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Re: Are beards acceptable in professional environments?

Postby Polskamaan » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:04 pm

mfb2007 wrote:Sort of.

At my firm, you're not allowed to grow facial hair on company time - that's one of the very few restrictions they actually put on us. Now, I can take 2 weeks off of work and not shave and come back and have a beard and as long as I maintain it and keep it nice, its a non-issue. But, I can't decide on a random Monday that I want to grow a beard and just stop shaving.



Same at my workplace. I think it is to avoid the federline look between the shadow and beard look.
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