Getting Ready At Work– OK or Not?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: If it OK to “ get ready” some once you have already gotten to work?
    Yes- why not? It takes 10 minutes, who cares? : (28 votes)
    14 %
    No- personal hygiene/ appearance should be left at your home : (85 votes)
    42 %
    Maybe-- the occasional touch up or late morning is OK : (90 votes)
    44 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee

    Get your ass up early enough to take care of that shit at home.  I hate seeing people apply thier makeup in their car in the mornings.  When I see girls applying mascara in their cars in front of me, I’m tempted to rear end them.  It’s really NOT that hard to get up a few minutes earlier in the morning to do that.

    I go to the gym during lunch at work, I do that stuff at the gym locker/bathroom before returning back to the office.

    Post # 4
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    No this isn’t appropriate. You’re at work to WORK, not get ready for work!  Now, I used to work in a very cut-throat industry where people would literally sleep at the office!  You’d always find them brushing their teeth, etc at work which wasn’t that odd since we had locker rooms with showers since there was a gym in the office.  I give you a pass if you sleep at the office and work 15 hours a day!

    Post # 5
    1823 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve worked with people who did this and it bothered me. I think it is very unprofessional to come to work only half put together. It’s especially frustrating when someone comes in at the time they’re supposed to start working, only to spend a good while doing primping that should have been taken care of at home. I get not being a morning person, I’m definitely not one, but you really need to take the time to get ready at home.

    Post # 6
    1656 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I often do my makeup on the subway on my way to work lol I have a very hard time waking up in the morning.

    Post # 7
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Are they clocking their time doing their make up as part of their work day?  If not or they come in early to do it, then I don’t see that as a problem.  I voted for the occassional touch up, because I do that (I have blemishes and touch up concealer before going to a meeting).  If we have a work function like a Christmas party one weekday evening with clients, we change and do our make up and hair before leaving the office, and that’s okay since everyone (including the males) do it.

    Post # 8
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I see this in my work place too! It really frazles me how a girl could come to work and then carry her makeup to bathroom and stand there for 10-15 minutes to apply it.

    it actually bothers me a bit too. I don’t know why.


    I used to have to apply makeup every morning but i would do it at home. I didn’t even touch up at work.

    Luckily now I only use eye shadow and lip gloss which takes no time to apply LOL

    (mascara not needed since I have eyelash extensions and my skin is beautiful with my honey and ACV routine 🙂

    Post # 9
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Mrs_Amanda:  It really depends. If they make a big production of it and turn it into a gabfest then it might be a bit distracting for others… but in general I don’t really see the big deal unless others have to pick up their work slack or something.

    In my office we’re pretty flexible. I can take breaks or lunch whenever I want. Some days I work thru lunch, others I take a longer lunch. I eat breakfast at my desk. I tend to get here very early, though. Luckily my boss has the mentality that as long as the work gets done, it’s all good. It’s not like I work in some crazy fast paced environment where customers are needing to be served or something.

    I get ready at home, but there’s definitely the odd time I do a quick touch-up at my desk.

    Post # 10
    2973 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @bretonvirgniia:  I used to do that when I took the train into the city. Now I drive. Can’t anymore 😛

    Op, it’s not ok if it’s a full make up session going on. Especially if they do it every morning. I mean once it’s ok – you got up late, had a rough night, whatever – but all the time? No. 

    Sure, when heading to the restroom I also check to make sure my makeup isn’t running or I have no food on my teeth, but that’s as far as it goes. 

    Post # 11
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My former boss used to get ready in her office. I went in one day and she had hot rollers in her hair and was doing her makeup, lol.

    Another girl I work with does her makeup at her desk everyday and sometimes brings her straightener in. In both of these instances it was like 5:30am so its not like they came to work a mess in front of everyone.

    I don’t care that much about it either way honestly. It doesn’t affect me and other people waste time at work in other ways – going on the internet, chatting with coworkers, etc. Personally I know that when I get to work I spend the first 45min – 1 hr eating breakfast, checking my personal email and reading the news.

    Post # 13
    1656 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    what’s funny is how many people are bitching about people being “clocked in” and doing their makeup…it’s definitely 9:53am where  I am and I am definitely at work. pretty sure doesn’t count as working either…just a thought.

    Post # 14
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    I put makeup on before I leave my house, work is for work, it’s not a beauty salon. Have I touched up if I’m going out after work? Yes but it’s always less than a 5 min job and I do it in my office, not with a group of coworkers in the bathroom.

    Post # 15
    2665 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    It doesn’t affect me so I don’t care. Unless they are shaving their legs in the sink. Then I would care

    Post # 16
    640 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think it’s silly, but I don’t really have a major problem with it, as long as their work performance isn’t suffering for it, or as long nobody is having to do extra work while they have a makeup party! It sounds like they are using it as means to socialize…which is more annoying than if it were just one person doing it b/c they can’t be on time!

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