Adults only, please: you can't remove the sexual charge from the workplace
New research says covering up is the only way to get ahead in the office, writes Julia Molony
Research recently commissioned by Peter Jones, the hammily brusque celebrity entrepreneur who has perfected his scornful stare on the panel of BBC's Dragons' Den, concludes that women who wear revealing clothes in the office risk being passed over for a promotion.
Jones took his trademark disapproval out of the studio and into the wider world last week, ordering this groundbreaking study on the impact of cleavage in the workplace. Rather unsurprisingly, the results of the study confirmed every 'Carry On' cliche still in currency, and concluded that women need to cover up if they want to be taken seriously.
Cleavage is a distraction, apparently. One that the male mind can't compute alongside the points of discussion at the weekly sales meeting. So women who want to operate successfully in an environment where men are also working must leave their femininity and any suggestion of sexual desirability, at the boardroom door.