Last January I decided to take the plunge and go bald at work – sort of. This was the process:
- Let everyone know (one at a time) I was wearing a wig.
- Then show them pics of me bald. (hmmm that kinda sounds weird…but you know what I mean!)
- Then one day I came to work with no wig, just a hat… several hats over several days.
- Then I progressed to scarves.
Funny thing was – I was still covering up my bald head! And so one day, I went in with nothing on at all. (on my head folks, sheesh!)
The sky didn’t fall in, the earth didn’t crack open and swallow me. I made jokes to my customers about being able to recognize me when they came in again. If they couldn’t remember my name, they would remember the lady with the really, really, really short hair!
The staff was great and supported me 110%. I was worried that I might make the customers uncomfortable, but they were awesome. Some joked about it, some asked about it, some just ignored it.
And then I went for an interview for another job. I dressed carefully and professionally. I made sure the makeup was on discreetly and the shoes were shined. And then I looked in the mirror. And I wanted to pull my wig out and put it on.
This was a whole new ball game. Going from the safety of my own ‘work family’, into the unknown with total strangers. To be honest, I was really self-conscious about sitting in the reception area with people coming and going. Of course my thoughts led to, “if I don’t get this job, it’s because I’m bald”.
I brought it up during the interview. After a few moments of explanation, she said, “moving on….” And that was the end of the discussion.
I got the job.
I am now a RECEPTIONIST, at a busy Real Estate office. Out front where all can see me, in all my shiny dome glory! I am the first person their clients see coming in the door and yet they had no problem having me represent their company! Who knew!
It got me to thinking that perhaps others don’t have an issue with my baldness, I do. Sometimes. Most times I forget about it. But in the working environment, and in a public position – I still get to be me!
We are only who we think we are.
I think I am one great BALD Receptionist!