Many employees are faced with an extremely tough decision: whether to keep their beard or shave it due to pressure at work. Its not uncommon for job applicants to meet all the qualifications required, and be the best candidate, yet fall short because their facial hair is not acceptable to the employer.
With outsourcing, a bad economy, and whatever else is going on, just holding onto a job can be tough. But the beard aficionados have to deal with one more worry: whether they will stick it out or conform and shave.
This is a decision that many might face. But if you do conform and shave, it might be that you have given a way a part of yourself.
Some have gone ahead bravely, changed hearts and minds and managed to keep their beard too. Some others have reluctantly given up.
Before you make this decision, consider carefully what you're losing or gaining, and weigh all the pros and cons.