The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology recently published a study they called enclothed cognition. In summary, when participants wore a white lab coat, thought to belong to a doctor, their ability to pay attention to details increased. Those who wore the same coat, but thought it belonged to a painter had no increase in ability. And those who only looked at a white lab coat belonging to a doctor, also didn’t have any increased abilities.
The coat must be worn, to feel it on your body, to see it on your skin, in order for it to influence your psychological processes. And this same phenomenon can be said for the workplace.
Dressing up at work instead of the business casual dress code that you are allowed to wear, may be your ticket to getting more done during the day or doing your job better. At the very least, you will feel more confident when you put those heels or business jacket on. Not to mention the increased respect you might get.
Hey, it’s worth a try. And let us know if it worked for you!
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