So way back in 2006 working with a great group of folks in starting a Raleigh area office for a global organization, we were a somewhat rebellious and humorous group. When HR in Headquarters would send out policies, we’d create our own version for our office, as shown in the example below: (last names have been left out to protect people’s identities)
An employee’s professional appearance is very important. It reflects a respect for ourselves as well as for the people we are serving. Your appearance says a lot about you and is an important part of your performance appraisal. Therefore, all employees of the Company are expected to dress appropriately in a professional, clean, businesslike, well-groomed manner. The Company has adopted certain days as “Business Casual” and “Dress down Days.” Employees are permitted to dress accordingly within the defined guidelines. Styles that are currently fashionable may not be appropriate for work. Accessories, hosiery, jewelry and perfume or scented cosmetic use should be conservative. Noncompliance with the standards of dress as stated in this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Business Dress: To be worn at sites and as required by management in the office. Conservative suits, ties, dresses and professional coordinated pantsuits.
Business Casual: Usually acceptable Monday – Thursday. Clothing that is neat and professional, such as slacks, sport shirts, casual dresses, and shirts, cream or white pants with shades of pastel blue blouses (which can be worn daily), split skirts or skorts of an appropriate length. No jeans (except for Chris M), chacos, flipflops (faux rainbows are okay for Chris L), lounge/pajama pants (except for Kourtney when she uses the barely believable skin rash excuse), basketball shoes, kickball shoes, pants that unzip to become shorts (except for Lori), baseball caps (unless worn backwards) or leggings.
Dress Down Day: Usually each Friday, except for NC office where it appears that everyday is Dress Down Day. Acceptable: Neat “dress jeans” with no holes, rips or tears (Heather), neat clean sneakers or casual shoes. During warmer weather, conservative sandals, walking length shorts (Bermuda length shorts, and Capri pants are permitted. Maternity umbro shorts with expandable waistband are okay for Lori.
Not appropriate: Baseball caps, motorcycle helmets (Mike), tee shirts, tank tops, gym clothes, Umbro-type shorts (Lori), cutoff shorts or shirts, tank tops, flip-flops, chacos (Heather), water shoes, Chewbacca costume (except for Greg), thongs (flip-flops), beach slides, swimsuits, bandannas, bathrobes, lingerie, hockey jerseys (except for Kristy) cowboy boots while wearing shorts, black mid-calf socks with plaid Bermuda shorts or with any shorts for that matter, dress shoes with jeans, belt with your name on it, shirts with sayings or slogans that others, not Mike, may find offensive. An exception is Mike’s Pink Salmon slogan shirt, because that’s just too damn funny, while being totally inappropriate.
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That was entertaining reading!