Yeah! Spring is on its way with summer soon to follow. Most everyone gets excited about the warmer weather and longer days. In Minnesota, we are experiencing the unique weather pattern which normally accompanies early spring. In the morning, it may still be below freezing and winter attire is necessary, but by afternoon the temperature warms to the fifties and a lighter jacket could suffice. So, now is the time employees may start “changing” over their clothes to accommodate the warmer weather.
Most businesses nowadays allow for some type of “business casual,” whether it is only on Fridays or anytime there are no meetings in the office. Now, with the changing of the seasons and the warmer weather it is a good idea for employers to remind employees about the business’s dress code policy.
Twin Cities Business Magazine had a nice article on “How to Talk to the Employee Who’s Turning Heads at the Office (But not for good reasons)”. For example, flip-flops are generally not considered appropriate for work not only because they look unprofessional, but they can also be a safety hazard, due to the potential to trip and fall. So, what should you do if you do need to speak with an employee about their attire? Twin Cities Business Magazine interviewed Ms. Julie Haltom, who has 15 years of human resources experience. Her tips: ‘Be gentle. Try to have a sense of humor about it. Send occasional company-wide e-mails reminding everyone of the dress code. Lastly, don’t embarrass an employee by singling them out in front of others, but instead talk to them privately about the issue.’
By being proactive and reminding employees about the business dress code, employers can avoid having to have an awkward conversation with an employee about their attire. If your business doesn’t have a formal dress code in the employee handbook, outlining what types of clothing is or is not appropriate, now may be the right time to develop one and share it with the employees. If your business does have a dress code policy, now maybe a good time to review and update it, if necessary.
(Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson, Valparaiso, Indiana)