by Anon for This Topic
Today (mid-July), I received an email from our HR department reminding us of the office dress code policy. I can’t post it for obvious reasons, but here is a bullet summary:
- Employee’s appearance is a direct reflection on the level of professionalism at the organization.
- Employees must follow the accepted standards of professional office attire.
- Clothing or jewelry that could present a safety hazard is not permitted (although not in the policy the email goes on to say that flip flops are in this category)
- Employee’s who do not meet with the public can wear business casual, but it cannot be inappropriate or provocative.
- All attire must be neat and modest (although not in the policy, the email goes on to say that must be free from rips/tears, clean and no logos or printing other than employer issued shirts)
- Supervisors can answer questions about what is appropriate.
- Employees who violate the dress code can be asked to go home and change. Time away from work to do this is uncompensated.
This comes on the heels of the following article in the New York Times.
This raises the question for me about how does one, especially women, figure out what the standards of professional attire are? I would not feel comfortable asking many of the supervisors I have had for input on this topic, but I have asked mentors. I have provided feedback to those I have mentored, both men and women, when asked or when it was clearly an issue. However, my preferred approach is to watch what my peers and higher ups wear and try to figure out their definitions of professional attire vs. business casual.
In general, I think my employer is fairly laid back as far as dress code standards, so I am curious who has worn what that prompted this. Does summer prompt dress code issues in your workplace or do you struggle more in the summer? Do you ever feel that this is just another area of ambiguous rules that can be bent to fit the situation?