The Pros and Cons of Work Dress Codes
Many companies are lenient when it comes to work dress codes, and that is why some businesses will often allow their employees to wear casual clothing as long as it’s not inappropriate. However, most companies enforce a work dress code policy. These policies are supposedly good for businesses that interact with customers on a day-to-day basis.
Most organizations utilize either a business-casual or business-formal dress code. Alternatively, an employee may even be required to wear a company uniform.
- Good Impressions are very important for business and in general, and that is why companies encourage dress codes. When dress codes are implemented, employees have a clean and neat appearance. Potential customers will prefer to be associated with organizations that maintain a professional image. Work dress codes are intended to promote integrity and professionalism.
- A business casual dress codes let the employees dress comfortably. This option is more economical. The minimum requirement for a business casual dress code is pants or skirts paired with a blouse or dress shirts like those seen on NNT Customised. Business-formal apparel is more on the higher price range and consists of suits. Companies that go this route aim to have a more prestigious look, and more than likely work in an office or an upscale environment. Although business formal wardrobe can be expensive, there are options available. Try asking a family member or friend for clothes they may no longer wear and wish to get rid of. Shopping at a local thrift store is not a bad option either. Although the clothes may be used, you can find decent garments at reasonable prices.
- Distractions in the workplace are definitely not good for business. Without a dress code enforced, employees are able to come to work in garments that can be considered too risque, flamboyant, tattered and unappealing. It lowers morale when customers and other co-workers are conducting business in an unprofessional setting, and a badly dressed employee could leave a very unsatisfactory impression.
- The amount of money spent on purchasing clothes can be expensive in general, especially spending money on clothing that the employer deems as necessary. This can be difficult if a person is fresh out of college and has limited funds available to start with.
- Employees may be restricted from expressing their individuality.
There are many good arguments for and against having a work dress code.