Dear Aunty B,
I’ve been thinking about this for a while but the charity fundraiser Movember has tipped me over the edge and I just had to write.
Throughout this year we’ve had a steady stream of men (particularly the younger guys) growing what I would call designer beards – you know, the sort of beards that men seem to think make them look urbane, creative free spirits.
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Some look OK, most look ridiculous. I’m on old school guy and there’s nothing that says “couldn’t be bothered” like a half-arsed beard.
Movember has made things even worse. Yes, it’s a worthwhile charity, but I’ve got one salesperson out there who looks like Chopper Reid, another that looks like Colonel Sanders and another that looks (very unfortunately) a little like a blond Adolf Hitler.
These blokes are the face (and facial hair) of my company. How do I stop this hairy rot?
Sorry, you won’t find your Aunty with a bad word to say about Movember.
It’s a great charity and I’d argue that it actually makes your company look better to be supporting your salespeople for this great cause – I bet it gives them a great opening in their sales conversations too.
If I was you, I would embrace it. Match the money they raise dollar for dollar and make a real thing out of it. You could even make an extra donation for the right to shave the things off next week!
As for the beards, just be patient. It’s a fashion thing, and fashions change. Perhaps a nice hot summer will convince a few of them it’s time to lose the fuzz.
Your Aunty B
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