Far out Friday: Moustaches may stunt career growth

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Sporting a moustache may give off a wise and mature image but it does not seem to be reflected in terms of workplace seniority and career advancement opportunities.

According to the latest survey by the American Mustache Institute and Wahl Trimmers, 92% of Americans surveyed believe moustaches are appropriate for the workplace and 65% believed facial hair should be encouraged where they work.

However, the findings also suggested that moustached Americans are still the minority in managerial positions. Among the 1109 people surveyed, only 30% of them reported to a supervisor with facial hair.

“We’ve observed this anecdotally for decades at the Institute, and now we have data to confirm it," ​American Mustache Institute chief executive Dr Adam Paul Causgrove said.

"Mustached Americans have fewer opportunities for advancement and leadership than their shaven counterparts.”

One reason for this could be the stereotype attached to having a moustache.

The moustached American lifestyle continues to be identified with a celebratory or 'party' culture, with 69% of Americans surveyed associating moustached American lifestyles with excessive alcohol intake and 60% of them being persistently well-groomed.

However, the job climate for moustached Americans seems to be favourable.

According to the survey, 93% of respondents said they would recommend a job opening to a mustached friend.

Additionally, 78% of survey respondents said they have either considered or are currently enjoying a sexually dynamic moustached American lifestyle.

“The data is evidence of an explosion of acceptance of a sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle in the workplace,” said Causgrove.

“We expect these two key mustachio-economic indicators to approach 100% by year 2024.”

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