We had a good, spirited discussion on BlogBreak recently about the Jonesboro police chief who was fired for wearing jeans instead of a traditional uniform to work. A recent article suggests that casual days at the workplace are becoming a thing of the past.
It seems that employees are stepping up their wardrobe as they try to find any edge they can to make themselves valuable in the workplace and avoid layoffs. As the article states, companies are stepping up their dress codes to show clients that “we are serious and that we are paying attention to details.” At many Atlanta companies, even the tradition of “casual Fridays” has become a casualty of the recession.
But not all are jumping on the dressy work wardrobe bandwagon. In fact, UPS, which had a notorious conservative dress policy for its office workers, has recently made permanent a more relaxed dress code. The staff has responded in a positive manner, and so far, UPS office workers are not abusing the more relaxed dress code, which still bans T-shirts and other too-casual items.
If you think you can’t afford to upgrade your wardrobe on a tight budget, image consultants say think again. Read the article for useful tips, like sticking to basic colors that will allow you to mix-and-match from a few business dress staples.
Are more people dressing in conservative business clothes where you work? Do you think dressing professionally will help you keep your job?