(Closed) Getting Ready At Work– OK or Not?

posted 7 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 # 17
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    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I don’t care as long as you  are at your desk doing your job at your scheduled start time, don’t make a mess in the bathroom,  and don’t tie up the bathroom to the point that others can’t use it.

     

    Post # 18
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    495 posts
    Helper bee

    I do my eye makeup in the car sometimes (better lighting than my crappy apartment bathroom), and I touch up my lipstick after coffee or lunch in the office bathroom mirror (horrible lighting!) or fix my hair, so I guess I don’t have a problem with it in general.

    That said, some women pull out their full makeup bags, toothbrushes and little Hello Kitty plastic cups after lunch and pull a full refresh, and it seems like way too much, even if our bathroom does have three sinks (one will move aside if you need to wash your hands). It’s not a PROBLEM, but it is a tad annoying.

    Post # 19
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

    It depends on where you work and if customers would be bothered by seeing you get ready.

    Also, if you get to work and apply your make-up before the start of your shift then that’s fine, but when your shift starts, you should be ready to go.

    Post # 20
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    1456 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I would do my makeup in the car when I got to work, but it was always before I was supposed to be actually working (my day started at 8, I would pull into the lot at 7:50, 5 mins for makeup, still walk in 5 mins early).

    I think it’s one thing if they take over the bathroom and all the counters/sinks/mirrors in it, but if they don’t I guess it’s okay.

    If it really bothered me, I would insert some snarky side comment like “You walked in this morning without makeup and I didn’t recognize you at all! What a DIFFERENCE it makes!” then maybe she’d get the hint that you get ready at home, and work at work.

    Post # 21
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    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @bretonvirgniia:  haha! Exactly. If I am on weddingbee, I am at work. I hardly ever get on here outside of work

    Post # 22
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    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    When I used to walk or ride my bike to work, I would get dressed and do my makeup at work, but I made sure I arrived with an extra 15 minutes or so to get ready before actually starting to work at 8:00.  There was a bathroom in the basement where I worked at the time that no one used, so I would usually go down their to get changed so I wouldn’t be putting on mascara with other ladies coming in.

    Post # 23
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @adoc86:  haha one day i spent like 3 hours out of my day on weddingbee…i thought i had a problem.

    Post # 24
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    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I don’t wear make-up, so I guess I’m lucky 😛 I don’t think taking company time to put your face on is the most professional idea in the world – especially when others are starting to notice it.

    Post # 25
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    1998 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I think it’s a little funny to do it every morning but as long as it’s every now and then, I don’t mind. Being on time and taking a minute to do your makeup in the bathroom is still better, IMO, than showing up to work late but in full “war paint”. 

    As for touch-ups… I do that too. I see no harm in putting on a fresh coat of lipstick after lunch. I’ve even brushed my teeth when I had a dentist’s appointment right after work and nobody thought it was strange at all.

    Post # 26
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    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @bretonvirgniia:  Everyone I work with is obsessed with Farmville. Yes, I work with grown adults and we’re all investigators, so if you can imagine 45-year-old men sitting around talking about their crops LOL. There was a point a couple of years ago when we didn’t have enough work for everyone, so you’d do like 2 hours and then be done for the day with 6 hours to waste doing whatever you want. But yes, if I am on WB I am at work, but conversely just because I’m at work doesn’t mean I’m always on WB  – just so you don’t get the wrong impression 😉

    And yes, we are federal employees :-/

    Post # 27
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    11268 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i personally think it’s inappropriate.  not professional at all.  (unless you have your own office and just came from the gym over lunch).  you should show up for work ready to work, not “almost” ready to work.  for those that say that it only takes 10 min, then get up t 10 min earlier to get ready.

    my step mother recently told me that my half sister goes to work in her pj bottoms and gets changed (scrubs), including brushing her teeth at work before going out to see her clients for the day.  wtf????  she is clocked in btw.  so inappropriate.  her excuse was that she has to drive 30 min to work and likes to be comfortable.  umm, then wear your scrubs!!  i gave her “the look” and she knew that it was bs.  i used to do a much longer commute and i would wear a suit every day to work.  i call bs and she knows it.

    Post # 28
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    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’ll fix my hair if I have to but otherwise I’m already ready. 

    Post # 29
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    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Mrs_Amanda:  well, let me just say this. my job is SUPER. BORING. i do nothing all day. my existence literally consists of being at my boss’s beck and call, and answering phones. the first two hours of my morning are set aside for summarizing relevant news articles for my boss.

    i take about 15 minutes each morning to put on my makeup. its pointless for me to get up 15 minutes earlier to put it on at home, come to work in the horrible humidity while it just runs off my face and then sit on the Bee for that extra 15 minutes. ^.^ half the time my boss isn’t even here so its literally just me in the office doing NOTHING….so why not look nice in case someone drops in? haha.

    Post # 30
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think it’s okay once in a while, but not every day!

    Post # 31
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @adoc86:  Haha that sounds hilarious.

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