MANY COMPANIES have moved away from formal dress code
policies, giving employees more freedom in what they can wear
at work. Supporters say it raises employee morale and helps foster
team spirit. Critics argue that it can cause problems for companies
that want to promote a more professional workplace culture.
What do you think?
My office is not open to the public,
so most of us wear jeans (or shorts
in the summer). We’ve only had one
employee who took it too far and
wore pyjamas. We are very productive, because we are comfortable.
—Cindy Garford Webster
So long as the work gets done, I
don’t care how you dress or what
you look like. The whole suit-and-tie
thing looks nice but is unnecessary.
In my opinion, comfort is important
so long as you are clean and have
an appearance that shows you care
about yourself and your job.
—Gina Maher Dobbin
Telling people what they should
look like or how they are to be
dressed is a dated mentality whose
time is nearly at an end.
—Marty van den Bosch
If someone behaves professionally
that is generally what I remember,
not slacks vs. jeans.
I manage a team of 20. There is no
correlation between dress and productivity. It’s about the person and
their character, not their clothes.
Dressing for success translates to
a mentality of effective productivity and honest customer-service
Office attire is now more casual
because people are spending so
much time at their jobs (
unfortunately). Employees want to feel
comfortable when they are at work
for nine or more hours a day.
—Tati Ramos Matos
Your clothes really do make a difference and can distinguish you from
the client, consumer or patient.
That said, there is still room for
individuality and expression in most
dress styles as long as you remember you can be affected subconsciously by what you are wearing,
or see someone else wearing.
14 The Costco Connection MARCH/APRIL 2017
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