Few items of casualness. Not too much however. No bikinis for apparent reasons. Lets say you have a good understanding of your company’s policy allowing business informal attire. And one day you get taken her apart by one of the IT staff, who then tells you it is incorrect to wear Bermuda pants, sleeveless capris and tops. Has the world gone completely ugly?
Get a life loser! So boring they could probably make a computer program that could track figures and do accounting for us, erasing the need for accountants in the first place. In which particular case we shouldn’t need to dress like boring accountants, right? If we replace all the boring jobs with computer programs the only careers remaining should be creative careers, which implies employees should be motivated to be more imaginative in terms of their creative freedom.
Next: Are flip-flops appropriate business informal attire? I’d claim Crocs is a fashion don’t wherever you are! They belong at home in your back garden, maybe the beach (unless you care who sees them), or in greenhouses or sunrooms maybe. Any place you’ll wear sandals but not want to be seen in them always. Business casual has become a staple of the office, however, many idiotic companies want to enforce rules that set at least the very least standard of dress (and this minimum may also be raised to gestapo like levels).
These companies are more and more enforcing more formal outfit, despite calling it “business casual”. Its become an oxymoron (smart idiot). I’d argue that if they actually want to enforce Gestapo dark suits in the height of summer that they had better have a good air conditioner in the building. Business informal is a largely popularized topic in the dot-com craze Silicon Valley. The argument has permeated the workplace, with 60% of employers allowing a dress-down trip to least once weekly, according to a 2006 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. And what’s even sillier is what’s suitable for “blue training collar jobs”.
You know, work men. Construction workers, factory workers, etc. The type of individuals who fix Ottawa roofer, build decks, dig holes to set up pools, you get the essential idea. What is acceptable there is a t-shirt and blue jeans. Show up in different things and you shall be available to ridicule by the manly men.
So this idea of appropriate work apparel isn’t limited to the office. The good reason behind the return to a more dressed-up dress is, in part, is because of the confusion produced by business casual standards. Companies will often lean towards the more gestapo-esque clothing guidelines when in doubt and then it just becomes a slippery slope. Lets say for example that flip-flops aren’t allowed. Think about tennis shoes, jeans, and shorts? Younger employees are more likely to push the envelope, which annoys more veteran workers who have long worked in offices where ties and shirts were expected no matter the day of the week. Such people resent young workers breaking the guidelines they’ve become used to over years being broken.
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Meanwhile employers resent becoming fashion law enforcement and having to solve disputes between generation gaps (and often managers are older themselves and thus err on the side of the older employees). Are Casual Fridays getting out of hand? June Webb, a fashion expert in Alexandria, Virginia. Seriously. They need us to iron our clothes for “casual fridays”? I have in my own life ironed a pair of denim jeans never. Despite the push towards Gestapo fashion, employer policies still have huge variations and frequently don’t bother to create any official rules down, preferring to handle things on a complete case by case basis.
I’d argue this is because it makes it easier for them to flames people on brief notice for “inappropriate attire”. A useful tool for bosses who want to flame people and are just looking forward to an excuse. Show up wearing capris get fired. According to marketing firm McGrath/Power in Santa Clara, California they used to allow shorts, T-shirts, and baseball caps on Casual Fridays.