20 Nov Dress Up or Dress Down?
According to the society for Human Resources, 61% of people looking for a new job in 2017 say they’d have a negative perception of any company that enforced a dress code.
In 2017 62% of organisations allowed casual dress once a week, while 36% allow it every day — a notable increase from the 2014 figures of 56 and 19 percent respectively.
Organisations now ask their people to consider what they are doing each day, with which clients, and to dress in a way that reflects that. The consensus is moving towards the idea that traditional business dress is outdated and in turn has a negative effect on both productivity and mindset.
This topic sparked a real debate at The Talent Group, here’s what they thought…
Why dress up?
- With the rise in low-cost high street brands, you can now buy smart, fashionable business dress without breaking the bank.
- It immediately puts you into the mindset of going to work.
- There is a danger of feeling too “relaxed” in non-business dress – does casual dress code mean casual attitude?
- It clearly differentiates between ‘work’ and ‘home’ – particularly poignant for employees that work reduced or flexible hours.
- You never know when you could be required to be client facing – be ‘meeting ready’!
Why dress down?
- There will be a boost in morale if employees feel more comfortable and happy.
- It should primarily be about what the candidate has to offer – how they look shouldn’t impact on what a candidate can bring to the company.
- If employees feel more relaxed in their appearance, they are far more likely to work more productively.
- A positive atmosphere will lead to more focused employees, and ultimately resulting in consistently happy clients.
- How people choose to dress can have a profound effect on their confidence, which would also be reflected in their work.
Does your office have a casual work culture? Is your productivity affected by how you dress?
We’d love to hear what you think….