I have had a beard for over 20 years and now the company I work for has enacted “grooming standards” where beards are no longer allowed. What should I do? Fight it, shave or retire?
Isaac Bayer answers...
Rule number 1 of facial hair is if you can grow it, grow it. Rule number 2 of facial hair is if you grow it, don’t shave it. Any real American company would never force a man to shave his face, with the exception being the government itself. Your best bet is to not shave at all and see how long you can work without being fired. Once, or if, it comes to that point, go ahead and let it happen. Who wants to work for someone that tells you how to look, anyway?