Desk Doll-Up: Primping in the office

by epi on July 23, 2013

Q: What extent of personal grooming is acceptable at your desk in the office?

A: Applying nail polish, massaging your feet, cutting your nails (nail clipper alert!), combing your hair, or putting on makeup is not appropriate at your desk. Save it for the bathroom or, better yet, do it at home.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lilli July 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I think anything other than a quick swipe of lip balm or some hand lotion (unscented if it bothers your co-workers!) should be done in the bathroom. I’ll also throw my hair up if it’s in my face, but since that’s usually just jamming a pencil through a twist without caring what it looks like so I’ll do that in my office too.


Jody July 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

I think part of it depends on what type of office setup you have. If you’re lucky enough to have an office with a door, you can close the door and do some things (like combing hair or applying nail polish, to use two examples from the original answer). A few years ago I had an ear infection and had to sit with ear drops in my ear 2-3 times a day for 20 minutes at a time. That’s something I couldn’t easily do in the restroom, but because I had an office with a door I could do that at my desk.


Tiffany August 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Anything that is medically required to partake in during your work day should be done in the bathroom or very discreetly at your desk. All other grooming should occur at home, prior to the start of your workday and being on company time.


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