Although 'stache-acceptance in the American workplace is high, the incidence of lip spinach gets pencil thin as you climb the corporate ladder.
Those are among the key takeaways of the American Mustache Institute's recently completed Wahl-sponsored Workplace Mustache Study.
Of the 1,109 people who completed the institute's online opinion survey, 91.7% of respondents agreed with the statement: "I believe mustaches are appropriate for the workplace." In addition, 75.27% think their workplace "benefits from the contributions of Mustached Americans"; 68.05% think "Mustached Americans are strong managers and business leaders"; and 81.75% of respondents picked "works hard" as a workplace behavior they associate with "people of Mustached American descent."
Despite that apparently overwhelming endorsement of whiskers in the workplace, only 29.64% of respondents reported having an immediate supervisor who wears a beard or mustache, leading the institute to conclude, tongue very firmly in hairy cheek, that there is a secret 'stache bias afoot.
The big non-mustachioed elephant in the room here of course is that the female of the species, while having made considerable strides in the workplace over the decades, still has little choice when it comes to cultivating a cookie-duster. By default, any woman in a supervisory capacity will appear to stack the deck.
We're not going to split hairs though, but instead seize the opportunity, in the waning days of
Think of it as breaking -- make that parting -- the facial hair ceiling once and for all.