#SHRMYP Chat – Dress Codes in the Workplace

Dress codes in the workplace are written (or more often unwritten) rules that dictate what we should and should not wear to work.  With summer coming to a close, many organizations will start to worry less about their dress code policies. 

Dress codes may be put in place to maintain professionalism, identify employees, and/or for safety purposes.  But do cooler temps ALWAYS mean there should be no enforcement of policy or cause for concern?

Please join the SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council and host @CallieZipple at 12 noon CST on August 21 for a #SHRMYP #Twitterchat to discuss dress codes in the workplace – what works, what doesn’t and how HR can handle dress code issues in the workplace.  Please follow the #SHRMYP hashtag on Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or Twubs.com.  

Q1. Does your organization have a written dress code policy? If so, what industry are you in and how are EEs made aware? 

Q2. If your organization does NOT have a written policy, is there an unwritten or implied dress code policy? How are EEs made aware? 

Q3. What should be included in a written dress code policy? Do EEs deserve an explanation? 

Q4. If an organization requires a specific dress code, should there be a reimbursement?   

            Q4.1. Some hospitals provide scrubs to nurses and doctors, while some do not.  How should they make this determination? 

            Q4.2. Do you think this could sway a candidate’s decision as to which hospital they apply to or accept a job offer with? 

Q5. There are fewer companies with written dress code policies today than there were 10 years ago.  Why do you think that is? 

Q6.  Would you consider casual dress to be a benefit? Why or why not? 

Q7. Because the perception of casual dress can differ from person to person, should this offering require a written policy as well? 

Q8. If a company does not have a written policy, should an EE be subject to disciplinary action for inappropriate dress? 

            Q8.1. How can companies remain consistent in their discipline of EEs with the lack of a written policy? 

Q9.  SHRM offers a template on their website to companies for a “Business Attire Policy”.  How would you define Business Attire? 

Q10. If a company has never had a written dress code policy and is considering putting one in place, where should they start? 

            Q10.1. How much say should the EEs have in the creation of a dress code policy? 

 What’s a Twitter chat?


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