While reading an article discussing airline pilots and situations that arise, a comment a reader had shared was rather eye-catching. It stated, If a man in a uniform tells me to do something, I do it. This intriguing statement allowed the mind to wander and reflect on the variety of different occupations that required uniform or other work apparel. Most occupations that require some type of uniform, the general public typically has a certain way of reacting to them. Consider those who wear camouflage uniforms worn by members of the Army, or high-end doctors wearing mens lab coats. If a certain instruct is given from these individuals, more than 90% of the time the general public will react and respond.
Bear in mind that through social conditioning, subconsciously we are instructed to act in response to commands or orders given. This is due to the fact of knowing that generally these individuals are acting and following duties that in our best interests. Thus, by simply wearing a certain hat or shirt, people will respond to you differently.
Consider the famous con-artistry and hoax case of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. In a self written autobiography, and film titled Catch Me if You Can, Abagnale recounts the numerous occupations he had all before the age of 25. By wearing a pilots uniform followed by a few charming remarks, the 16-year-old was a respected airline pilot for Pan Am Airlines. Soon after, by reading a few books through a medical library, Abagnale was offered a supervising position in a hospital. Again, with witty comments and playing with the use of humor, Abagnale was in charge of a slew of nurses and interns. By daunting on that medical lab coat all were responsive and quick to try to please the newly appointed supervisor.
Thus it is evident that uniforms and work attire send profound statements to the general public. Individuals will be responsive and follow through on directions if a certain uniform is worn rather than everyday street clothes. Though this information may seem of something of obvious magnitude, and does not come as something that is neither a revelation nor news worthy material, it should be taken into consideration the example given above with the Abagnale case. That at times perhaps such willingness to follow through on orders simply based on attire is not the wisest method of action. Also based off of what a certain individual is wearing willingness to follow will be somewhat machine-like. Thus it has come recommended to establish a career with a uniform or work that will be respected and listened to, and all will be well.