I am creating a new policy manual for my office and am thinking about a total revamp of the dress code. The one we have was written decades ago and goes into a lot of unnecessary and/or outdated detail. My idea is to go for super simple. Here it is:
“Employees are expected to exercise common sense and dress appropriately for a professional office environment at all times.”
What do you think?
— H.R. Assistant
I think you have a problem. Two problems, in fact. First, common sense is not all that common. Second, when you say “professional”, exactly what profession do you mean? Spandex and chains would apply to the oldest one.
— Evil Skippy
I like the simplicity, but agree with ES that relying so much on “common sense” is overly hopeful when dealing with the mass of humanity. Consult with your legal advisor since I never provide specific legal advice in this blog (see how smoothly I wove in a disclaimer?) – but I think your idea would work with a little tweaking, like this:
“Employees are expected to dress in professional attire at all times while in the workplace or representing the Company. The final decision about whether clothing meets this expectation is up to management, so check with your supervisor if you have any questions about specific clothing choices.”
Of course, first you have to make sure you don’t have any idiot supervisors running around.
Readers – what would you advise?
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