Q: The weather is getting warmer and I’m already dreading the poor dressing choices my employees will start wearing soon. Last year we had several issues come up, so I know we need to have a dress code policy this year, but I have no idea where to start. Suggestions?
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I have always been fascinated by the variety of dress codes at work. My early years at work were predominately suites and ties, and most recently, jeans and casual button downs. My thirty-five-year career has seen every type of dress code. And once I started working in HR, I had a say in what was acceptable.
Company dress codes run the gamut from requiring workers to wear formal business attire to allowing them to sport jeans and T-shirts. Employers can usually set guidelines for business-appropriate attire, but they may face lawsuits if they get too particular about how women or men should dress.
Abercrombie Case Leaves Companies in Dark on Dress Codes
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?
What did you wear to work today? The answer is most likely “business casual” or “casual,” since more and more employers are accepting a casual dress code in the workplace. But with summer right around the corner, it is a good time to remind employees about what constitutes appropriate work wear and what does not.