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Go into the kitchen of a Taco Bell today, and you'll find a strong counterargument to any notion that the U.S. has lost its manufacturing edge. Every Taco Bell, McDonald's (MCD), Wendy's (WEN), and Burger King is a little factory, with a manager who oversees three dozen workers, devises schedules and shifts, keeps track of inventory and the supply chain, supervises an assembly line churning out a quality-controlled, high-volume product, and takes in revenue of $1 million to $3 million a year, all with customers who show up at the front end of the factory at all hours of the day to buy the product."
What's interesting about this story is the way it spins fast food work as something that takes skill. That's not how it's usually spun, but it makes sense to me.

Sales associate quits Harrods over makeup requirement in dress code.

Have you ever quit a job or chosen not to pursue a job because of the required dress code? Or am I the only one?

Differences in "personal tempos" as an explanation for relationship difficulties (via [personal profile] wordweaverlynn)

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Jul. 4th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
I won't wear make up at work[1] and avoid jobs where it is considered necessary to look 'professional' I have had shop jobs where I was supposed to wear it and just silently didn't. I wish they would make such requirements illegal.

[1] I will occasionally wear it when out but am just as likely to not bother. I am a shonky femme.
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I have repeatedly turned down jobs that required makeup, high heels, skirts, or professionally-cut hair. I also left a job that was slowly, slowly tightening its dress code so that word processors would have to dress like secretaries. It was a law firm, where secretaries interacted with clients, and therefore had to look like Barbie dolls, but word processors were sequestered in a large back room and could dress as we liked. But at some point some high-up lawyer apparently became persuaded that clients would run wild, burst into the word processors' area, and faint dead away at the sight of unmadeup women in jeans typing up their bond agreements.

This was all quite a long time ago, but things don't seem to have gotten much saner in the corporate world overall.

Jul. 7th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
In my experience, I don't do well at law firms or insurance companies, as they place far too much emphasis on things that have nothing to do with getting the job done. This sounds like one of those law firms.

I once interviewed for a bank teller position, where I was told that the (male) bank manager preferred that women didn't wear slacks. (I wore nice slacks to fill out the application and leave a resume.) I ended up working elsewhere, which was probably best for all concerned.
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
es, this was a big downtown law firm with lots of rich clients. I only took the job because the word processing pool had a fiercely protective supervisor -- she had to wear pantsuits and makeup -- who assured me that no lawyer would ever speak to me. If they had complaints, they would tell her and she would mete out jutice as necessary. They wer talking of changing that system, too.

My next job was with a firm of patent lawyers, and they were much better. You can't be too fanatical about dress codes when all your clients are coming in in overalls or torn T-shirts. There was evidence of some recent upheaval, because the dress code was this: "No Mickey Mouse sweatshirts, no jeans with holes in them, no sandals without hose or socks." But they were quite tolerable, those lawyers.

People who don't want women to wear pants are a real red flag, I agree. It's so very dumb and controlling and sexist.

Jul. 4th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't pursued jobs/areas that required high heels (or other uncomfortable shoes). And I don't do makeup (though I did let a friend convince me to wear lipstick for an interview once), which may have caused the interviewers to decide I wasn't the person they were looking for.
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I once got fired from a job (taking orders out to cars at a drive-in burger etc. place, speaking of fast food) for not wearing a bra, but it was a pretty terrible job anyway: The owners would badmouth the workers in general, and especially whoever had the smallest receipt tally at the end of the shift, but as the only way to increase your total was to grab the bigger orders off the counter before someone else could do it, it was definitely an attempt at a divide-and-conquer kind of thing.

I like the look of eyeliner but in my experience it and contact lenses do not play nicely together -- I have the idea of getting it tattooed on some day if I ever have lots of $$$

Edited at 2011-07-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I've never left (or failed to pursue) a job because of a dress code, but I can envision doing so, and "must wear a ton of makeup" would be pretty high on the list of reasons. As would "skirts, no pants" and "must wear high heels". Any of those things tell me that women are not valued at that company.

I have a pretty good idea of what "professional-looking dress" involves, and none of those items are necessary to achieve it... unless you're the kind of guy who thinks "professional appearance" means "looks like the evening news anchor in fuck-me shoes".
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
makeup and jobs
When I was unemployed a couple of years ago, I went to several how-to-get-a-job workshops. We did talk about job interview clothes and I did ask whether I would have to learn about makeup. The workshop leaders said "makeup is a personal decision" and also that they mostly had to tell makeup-wearers to tone it down for job interviews.

I was prepared to wear makeup for a job interview, but would not like having to wear it for the job. I know nothing about makeup, so it would be a steep learning curve.

I feel somewhat like the woman in the article: if somebody is telling me I should wear makeup and that I'd look so much better if I did, I hear that as "you are ugly" and it hurts my feelings. I'd rather avoid the subject altogether.

I cope better with these appearance issues if I aim for "respectability" and "workplace safe" and not "beauty". Beauty is very fraught, but "workplace safe" is neutral.

So, I am shaving my legs in the summer so I can wear skirts and be "workplace safe". The fur will return in October.
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Tempo and relationships. My parents say this is one reason they divorced. "I was a turtle married to a racehorse!" But the article took tempo very literally!

I think of myself as a slow, lazy, pokey person (and I literally walk slowly), but if you set that metronome, I have no idea which tempo I'd pick!
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Tempo and relationships. My parents say this is one reason they divorced. "I'm was a turtle married to a racehorse!" But the article took tempo very literally!

I think of myself as a slow, lazy, pokey person (and I literally walk slowly), but if you set that metronome, I have no idea which tempo I'd pick!
Jul. 16th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
dress code
I almost quit a job over it. Should have (warning sign of ridiculous priorities of new management).
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
I won't take a job that requires makeup, skirts, or heels.
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