Friday 23 March 2018

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

Undated file photo of John Inman (left) sizes up the situation as a member of the cast on
Undated file photo of John Inman (left) sizes up the situation as a member of the cast on "Are You Being Served". PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Thursday March 8, 2007. John Inman, star of TV sitcom Are You Being Served?, died in hospital early this morning, his manager said today. The actor, 71, died in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, at 4am after being ill for some time. See PA story DEATH Inman. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire.

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.

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