What does "Casual Friday" look like at your office?
What should be allowed in a company dress code? What's "Casual Friday" like where you are? Browse through your comments and send us your stories or photos.
- Here are some of your comments...
- No dress code for us - though based on how often everyone wears company t-shirts, you'd think that was recommended attire! Hooray for software companies even outside Silicon Valley - infusionsoft.com/
- For casual business offices, I don't see why the following isn't reasonable: wear a shirt with a collar (incl. mandarin & t-neck); no shorts; shoes (or sandals, for women) with a leather upper. It's not uncomfortable, expensive, or unattractive. T-shirts over worn jeans with running shoes fail on the last criterion.
- If your job depends on you creating a "good impression" solely based on what you are wearing then your job really isn't of much value or importance. I would go so far as to say your an actual parasite on the actual buisness of the company or in a buisness that doesn't actual produce anything in the first place, ie manegment, sales, banking, finance, mutual funds, hedge funds, etc, etc, etc. People with real skills, education, talent, etc do not have to depepend what they wear to demonstrate their value. That is just the way it is.
- I work from home 4 days a week so "casual friday" might not involve a shower. ;) but my co-workers get the 'perk' of getting to wear jeans on friday which in Phoenix in August isn't a perk. However, I work for a very large law firm and the Phoenix office is pretty relaxed in the summer as far as dress code goes. Men get the short end of the stick with the ties and suits without jackets, but the ladies can wear sandals, capris and skirts without hose (but then, they have the fashion crisis that occurs with staying warm with high rise A/C.)
- dress codes in the office are a dying thing - I'm particularly impressed with the increasing number of employers where employees are not only dressed comfortably, but also allow visible piercings and tattoos ... going forward - it's all about performance and results on the job, not whether you are staying up-to-date with the latest fashions - welcome to the 21st century!
- My husband's office allows the "casual Friday" look through out the summer as a method to reduce stress during their busiest time of the year. Flip flops and short shorts are not allowed, but other than that they're pretty flexible. Some people look like they're going to the gym. However, when clients are scheduled they are expected to at least dress business casual. On the other extreme I recently quit a job where business professional attire was expected at all times by all levels of the staff; and not just professional, but whacked out sexist business professional. It was strongly suggested that women wear skirts and heels. If I chose to wear a pant suit I had to keep my jacket on at all times, but the men had no such requirement. One day I was sent home to change because my skirt was too long. Seriously.
- I roll between a combination of sales floor, office, warehouse and field work (in customers' homes)- frequently in the same day. Our dress code is clean casual: polos, button-downs, slacks, maybe jeans, but no cheesy T-shirts hanging out! Because I am routinely facing customers, I try to keep it a little more business-like; buttoned shirts and slacks most of the week. My shoes suffer, though. So I typically invest in a couple pairs of comfortable, thick soled cap toes. My feet thank me every evening when I peel them off. Kind of a strange mix, but it's what the job demands.
- I am bummed by the emergence of FLIP FLOPS in the workplace (with the exception of those working at pools and beaches, of course). Call me old school, but attire can set a completely different tone, in terms of professionalism. My husband's company just awarded the account managers with Brooks Brothers gift cards. THAT's a statement!
- Dress codes are for sucking the soul out of people and attempting to create Corp drones. As a scientist I only have to worry about dressing for safety and steadfastly refuse any attempt to force me to wear "buisness appropriate" clothing. That is for people that really don't have anything to bring to the table other than to try and make an impression.
- Fortunately, yes, I do work in a casual environment. I have worked in business formal and business casual environments in the past. The funny thing is when I was all dressed up it was supposed to be about an impression on the client. But I barely saw clients, vendors or visitors at those companies. Now (I work at an ad agency) I see clients all the time and what I wear is up to me. It is working out well. There is nothing more soul-sucking than mentally reviewing the company dress code policy when looking in your closet. Also having 'jeans week' for a reward....is not a reward. It is a break from being treated like children.
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- Joe KrausSoftware development during hurricane season in South Florida results in "Super Casual Fridays" -- where flops and shorts are ok from June 1 through Nov 30 at...Software development during hurricane season in South Florida results in "Super Casual Fridays" -- where flops and shorts are ok from June 1 through Nov 30 at Stratis. The other four days are simply geek casual. (stratisinc.com)more2012-08-17T12:48:56.440Z