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Work Dress Code

Does your your company have a business casual dress code?  If not, you office should – here’s why.

Your objective is to enable employees to work comfortably in the workplace.  At the same time, employees need to project a professional image for customers, potential employees, and community visitors. Business casual dress is the standard for this dress code.

Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the office, guidelines will help employees determine what is appropriate to wear to work.  Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports contests may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work.

Guide to Business Casual Dressing for Work

Below is an outline of appropriate business casual attire. Items that are not appropriate for the office should be listed too. Point out that neither list is all-inclusive and both are open to change. The lists tell the employees what is generally acceptable as business casual attire and what is generally not acceptable as business casual attire.

No dress code can cover all contingencies so employees must exert a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work.

  • Slacks, Pants, and Suit Pants
  • Skirts, Dresses, and Skirted Suits
  • Shirts, Tops, Blouses, and Jackets
  • Shoes and Footwear
  • Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne
  • Hats and Head Covering

Dress Code Violations

If clothing fails to meet these standards, as determined by the employee’s supervisor and Human Resources staff, the employee will be asked not to wear the inappropriate item to work again. If the problem persists, the employee may be sent home to change clothes and will receive a verbal warning for the first offense. All other policies about personal time use will apply. Progressive disciplinary action will be applied if dress code violations continue.

Source: Human Resources – About.com

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