Corporate or Casual?Judah Hirsch
Though the exact history of having a dress code is hard to ascertain, the global issue of having such code has been an enduring topic that has withstood the test of time. Since the time of kings and emperors, sultans, chieftains, and the like, such dress codes have distinguished people from one another and has defined the classifications of people in the society. Thus, at one glance, one may know who the leader is, his or her inner circle, the military leaders, etcetera. Until the present day, having a dress code has been viewed as synonymous to order and structure. Of course, many people also believe in not having a dress code because one’s individuality and freedom of expression are believed to be curtailed and suppressed. Having a dress code, especially at work, has been viewed by some as advantageous. Being perceived as efficient and responsible professionals may be the first thing that comes to mind. Having a semblance of unity and effective team spirit is also another advantage. The possibility of workers being distracted by skimpy, revealing, or “loud” outfits is sure to be alleviated. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Lastly, the image that the company will want to convey to their clients and to the public may also be enhanced and established. Not having a dress code, on the other hand, opens the possibility of self-expression and the feeling of freedom for the employees. The creative juices are also believed to be encouraged and heightened which, in turn, boost the company’s growth. The company is also “humanized” in the eyes of the clients which gives such company the impression of being more open, relaxed, and personal. If a company, however, would insist in implementing an office dress code, then a few pointers will have to be considered. First, the impression that the company will want to convey. Some clients will look at a company in a favorable light if they will see an office workforce that look professional, uniform, and reliable. Fjallraven Kanken Kids Some clients, on the other hand, value variety, spontaneity, innovation, and novelty and an office that exudes an aura of individuality and creativeness will be the perfect fit for their needs. Mochilas Kanken Second consideration is employee ease. fjallraven kanken classic People may want to be comfortable and free in the choice of clothes that they wear to work so that they will be more productive and imaginative. Having a uniform, nevertheless, may remove the everyday morning pressure of choosing what to wear, avoids comparison between employees, and is a cost-saving arrangement in the long run. Fjällräven Kånken Lastly is the element of problem avoidance. If the workplace involves heavy equipment, a dress code appropriate to the environment will prevent a safety issue, a PR problem, or even a litigation disaster. In this age of sexual harassment awareness, the last thing that the company needs are lawsuits that may bring the whole company down. Hence, a company must weigh the pros and cons between implementing a strict dress code or a relatively laidback dress code with the elements mentioned above as the guidelines.