This is a very interesting topic in today’s workplace. What is the dress code these days for the office? Most don’t really know. Many companies still have a strict dress code and have only one “casual” day like on Friday. But there are also a lot of companies who allow casual dress all the time. Many would agree it has gotten a little out of hand. It can be even worse in the summer when it gets so hot.
The bottom line from this USAToday article is if you wear it on the weekends or out to a club or at the beach, then you probably shouldn’t wear it to work. That is a good thing for everyone to remember…
Casual dress days have spread in recent years, as the boom of technology and Internet companies led to a more relaxed atmosphere for corporate America. Even major companies without connections to technology found themselves offering casual days once a week or all summer to compete with the lure of hip Internet firms.
According to human resources consulting firm William M. Mercer, 90% of firms interviewed in a 2000 survey offer casual dress, up from 84% in 1998. Nearly two-thirds have casual dress year-round, with the rest limiting it to certain days of the week, typically Fridays, or the summer.
“A huge number of employers have casual dress, and based on surveys we’ve done, we haven’t seen a reduction,” said Anne Reustle, a senior consultant at Mercer in Philadelphia.
But as the push toward casual wear has grown, so has criticism that employees cross the line.
“It’s a lot worse in the summer. As the seasons change, so does the amount of fabric. As it gets warmer, clothes shrink,” said Barbara Seymour, a Los Angeles fashion expert and columnist for CareerBuilder.com.
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