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#182102 - 11/18/08 01:50 PM Facial hair?
Trick440 Offline

Registered: 08/15/05
Posts: 248
Loc: Waterford, MI, USA
Anyone ever have a rule at work about NO facial hair?

Just curious, my buddy went to an interview, and the guy told him no facial hair. He has a really short gotee and has had it sense I have known him, over 10yrs. My buddy said if offered he probably wouldn't take the job for that reason. I understand you want your guys to look professional, just seems a bit much for me.

Anyone hear of some strange policies?

Edited by Trick440 (11/18/08 01:51 PM)
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#182112 - 11/18/08 06:14 PM Re: Facial hair? [Re: Trick440]
GA76JW Offline

Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Suwanee, GA USA
Not really that strange when I think about the appearance aspect of it, but I have recently heard of employers not wanting workers with tattoos above the neckline or below your sleeves. I understand the fact that customers may not feel "comfortable" around this type of person. That is not to say that they are not good people. Just thought I would add that.
"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

#182118 - 11/18/08 07:02 PM Re: Facial hair? [Re: GA76JW]
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
I had a full beard for 24 of the 30 years I worked for IBM and they got over it. That was even in the "white shirt, 14 pound wingtip shoe" days.
Greg Fretwell

#182144 - 11/19/08 09:02 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: gfretwell]
Zapped Offline

Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 481
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Sounds like a pretty nazi-esque type of rule, but the employer sets the standard, and as long as they make that rule clear before hiring, it's up to the prospective employee to decide if it's worth it to comply.

More important than facial hair, or any similar picky rules, just keeping a generally tidy appearence important.

I really don't care if my guys want to grow mutton chops or a lincoln beard, as long as they keep it well trimmed and clean.

#182146 - 11/19/08 10:23 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: Zapped]
petey_c Offline

Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 62
Loc: Miller Place, NY USA
The only place I've encountered restrictions on facial hair (no beards) was in the Navy. Tatoos are now taboo too. Existing tats are okay, new ones cannot be seen in areas that the uniform doesn't cover (arms, face, etc). I guess they consider it destruction of government property... I agree with Zapped, as long as hair is neat and clean it's okay. Piercings can also get out of hand. Maybe I'm just old.

#182148 - 11/19/08 10:48 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: petey_c]
LarryC Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 776
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
If the facial hair interferes with any required PPE like respirators, the owner MAY have a valid reason.

Larry C

#182156 - 11/19/08 06:25 PM Re: Facial hair? [Re: LarryC]
wire_twister Offline

Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 265
Loc: Georgia USA
I was on the haz-mat response team when I worked in a factory, required the wearing of a respirator, and therefore a clean shave everyday. Did not bother me I never could stand facial hair any way, too itchy.

Life is tough, Life is tougher when you are stupid

#182169 - 11/20/08 01:39 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: wire_twister]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I personally don't have a problem with facial hair on a worker as long as it is kept clean and trimmed.
I shave every day of the week, as I have a "beard" that will often start to grow back during the day and I usually come home with stubble on my face, the warmer the weather the faster it grows. mad

As for tatts, I don't really have anything against them as long as you can't see them with "normal" clothing on.
If you want to get a tattoo on your neck or your face expect people to look at you sideways.
While I would not get one myself, I have a lot of good friends and workmates that do have them and they are bloody good workers and have no criminal record or intentions.

This is what annoys me a tad about a thread like this, people tend to pre-judge others on their appearance.
The next guy that you refuse a job because he might expose a tattoo on his upper arm during the summer, might be one of the best electricians in your State.
Do so at your own peril.

I had an interview with a young guy at work once when we were hiring a new electrician, the guy that showed up looked like he had just got out of bed (his hair was all sticking up) and had not shaved in some days before turning up.
I sat him down and asked him what he could do for our company.
His response pleased me, we chatted a bit and he started the next day.
He turned up clean shaven and with a hair cut you could set your watch by.
That guy is now the Service Manager at that company, he is a brilliant electrician.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#182172 - 11/20/08 02:30 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: Trumpy]
rwcanary Offline
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Registered: 10/20/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Kentucky
Nice success story.

But here is realty. Most punks don't care what they look they like, and they don't care who it offends, and they don't want to work. They want a position, not a job. Having said that, when looking at a group of applicants I don't have time to do a syc eval on each one. Therefore, I have to narrow the field down quickly. First are the basic requirements, next is the education and experience. Then I meet them. Again I say I don't have time to work out there ethics for them, they *better* make it as easy as possible for me to see them as a professional.

If they show up with long hair, dirty hygiene, tattoos everywhere, nose rings, and tongue rings hang out, wearing beach bum attire, thats it....they're out of there.

Before you start flaming me, know this, I have hired people like that, because I was in a bind and needed labors in a really bad way. Only one of them, out 12 or 14, is still with me. And two days before I was going to can his job, he got right with Jesus Christ. That was three ago, and he has been absolutely supper every since. And I always make a point to tell him how much I appreciate him.


#182175 - 11/20/08 02:54 AM Re: Facial hair? [Re: rwcanary]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Nice first post, mate.
I'll be watching you. grin

BTW, welcome.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

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