Crossing the Line: Casual at Work

Most companies just want to maintain a professional and comfortable work environment for their employees. Some traditional offices still dress business formal every day and there are some startups who wouldn’t care if their employees came to work in their pajamas and slippers.

How far is too far when it comes to the business casual dress code for the office. Which really isn’t business casual because they have eliminated the word “business” and only dress casual. Pajamas, slippers, flip flops, etc… yes that is crossing the line.

Some people say If people would just exercise some common sense, there wouldn’t be problems. I disagree. Learning how to dress appropriately is a learned skill and it must be taught. I see this time and time again working with the younger generations. They want to know what to do but no one is showing them how or sharing the benefits for them! Besides not every one has common sense.

So here are some helpful tips if the office you work in is casual. This is NOT business casual this is for a casual office.   Business casual is wearing nice pants with nice shirt/blouse with nice shoes. So for the casual environment.

WEAR CLEAN  NICE JEANS if jeans are allowed choose a pair of quality dark jeans. Only wear these jeans to work and not on the weekends.

AVOID SWEATS & WORKOUT CLOTHES. Please, please, please no yoga pants, exercise outfits, sweats tops or bottoms. Those clothes are meant for work out sessions.

LEAVE THE FLIP FLOPS AT HOME. Just as workout clothes are for workouts flip flops are meant for the beach. Same goes for sandals they are a summer shoe meant for weekend gatherings or events.

NO REVEALING CLOTHES because too much skin is distracting and robs a woman of respect. The one thing she works so hard for. So no sleeveless, spaghetti straps, no belly showing, no behind showing when you bend over due to pants fitting inappropriately.

DON’T IGNORE GROOMING. Casual dress doesn’t mean casual grooming. It’s not your day off, so shave, shampoo, style hair, deodorant, teeth brushed, & put on natural looking make up.

REMEMBER YOU ARE AT WORK you still need to create a professional impression. You will not only look nicer you will feel better and your career will benefit as well.

 

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Dress Code Discussions

Company dress codes are a never-ending discussion in the work arena.

Discussion # 1: Employees misinterpret the dress code or they don’t abide by it. This is due to most dress codes stating what not to do instead of what to do. Companies who provide professional image training and then present the dress code have a higher success rate of employees abiding because now they know why it is important and how they can present a professional image specifically for them.

Discussion # 2: Companies have a code in place but don’t enforce it. Unfortunately this is the majority of companies.

Discussion # 3: Companies don’t have a dress code but they still reprimand employees for wearing certain attire.

Discussion # 4: There’s constant objection from certain industries along the lines of, “Why do I have to look nice at work if I don’t see anybody?”

We get energies from our clothes. IF dressed too casual we act too casual. Also, if one is looking for a promotion it does matter.  CareerBuilder.com survey, 41 percent of employers said that people who dress better or more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization.

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