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Dressing Professionally for Work

People wear all types of clothing for work. Some workplaces require their employees to dress up every day. Men and woman wear suits (blazers and pants or a skirt). Other workplaces ask that employees wear a certain color of shirt and pants. Imagine where you go to buy your groceries or household items. What color do the employees wear?

Healthcare workers have to wear certain types of clothing too. They might have a uniform. They might wear scrubs like doctors and nurses wear. Scrubs are a shirt and pants of the same color. It is easy to tell the difference between a healthcare worker and a patient because the healthcare worker is wearing a matching shirt and pants.

Kimberly is a nursing assistant who works in a hospital. Her hospital has a dress code, or rules that employees must follow. She follows her hospital’s dress code. Her uniform is a green shirt and khaki pants. She has two uniforms so she can always wash one and wear one.

Kimberly makes sure she looks her best when she comes to work. She irons her uniform before she puts it on. She brushes her hair and puts it into a ponytail so it doesn’t get in the way. She wears comfortable shoes that are clean and in good condition.

The hospital’s dress code says that employees shouldn’t wear jewelry or perfume. Some patients are allergic to perfume. Kimberly doesn’t want to lose her rings, bracelets, or necklaces at work, so she follows the dress code. She is able to do her job better when she follows the dress code.

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Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners