The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has released new grooming guidelines for their staff:
For WomenHow do you 'update' a pair of glasses, and why do only men have to do that?
- When choosing stockings "avoid shiny finishes - they make your legs look larger."
- "Flesh coloured, smooth finish t-shirt bras will give you the best, most discrete look."
- "Take the time to style your hair before leaving for work in the morning."
- "Your hands do get noticed - moisturise your hands regularly."
- "Consider having unruly brows regularly waxed or plucked."
- "Trim your nose and ear hair. Hair in these areas can increase as you age and may give the impression that you are not well groomed."
- "If your hair is light in colour, grey or curly, a shine product can add lustre and help it look healthy."
- "After-shave lotions contain alcohol and can produce broken capillaries on your face (small red veins). Use eau de colognes on your body instead."
- "If you wear glasses, update them at least once a year."
On a practical level these guidelines make me angry for so many different reasons: they're expensive, time-consuming, sexist, and what is wrong with having big legs?
But the fundamental problem is that the Bank thinks it's buying not just workers' time, but workers' bodies. That as well as controlling what workers do in the 8 hours they're at work, they also get a say in the workers hands, hair, eye-brows and nose hair.