There is no one-size fits all dress code for a workplace. What is appropriate attire for employees in a workplace varies drastically according to the work being performed, the physical requirements of the job, and exposure to the elements. It is important however for employees to always dress appropriately for the position they are in. Earlier this year, I blogged about the importance of reminding employees about a business’s dress code policy, especially when the seasons start to change.
MSN Careers website had a great article today on the 10 Commandments of Workplace Dress. I completely agree with the ten tips author, Beth Braccio Hering identified in the article. Most of these tips probably seem like common sense, but believe it or not, employees often need to be reminded of these rules. An Employee Handbook is the perfect place for employers to outline a dress code/appearance policy and place employees on notice of the employer’s expectations. By having a dress code/appearance policy in an employee handbook, employers can avoid some of the awkward conversations with employees when they show up for work in sweats and football jerseys.
If you are an employer and you don’t have a dress code/appearance policy or you haven’t reviewed the one you have in awhile, take a moment and do so now. First impressions are important and you want to make sure your employees are leaving the right impression about your business.