HR Tip of the week: 5 tips for writing a fair and appropriate employee dress code
Encourage Employees To Dress As If Clients Are Coming In
It doesn’t matter whether your role is client-facing or not. If a client came into the office, your employees should be dressed in a way that they would feel comfortable meeting them. Encouraging people to dress well at work generally has a positive impact on morale and performance. It doesn’t have to be suits.
Let People Be Comfortable
Unless your employees are customer facing, I don’t believe in a dress code. Wear what makes you comfortable and wear what makes you do your best work. For some this will mean a suit, for others it could mean sweatpants. As long as good work is being done, it doesn’t matter.
Be Tolerant Of Today’s Social Standards
A successful dress code policy will take into consideration the needs of the organization, but cannot escape today’s reality that many workers have tattoos and piercings. An organization has to determine what would be acceptable for its customer base versus the ability to recruit talent. Overly strict dress codes policies may impede an organization from hiring or retaining the best employees.
Write A Dress Code That Mirrors Your Culture
You can’t say you have a relaxed culture and then implement a formal dress code. Whatever you do, make sure it matches the culture you want for your organization. In healthcare, obviously there are required dress code for good reason but for the office staff, it’s okay to allow a more casual dress.
Worry About More Important Things
I have been doing HR for 15 years in the Bay Area, I can remember only one time in which a dress code issue has reared its ugly head. Modern HR leaders know that today’s workforce is about individuality, inclusivity and personalization, all at the same time. Let’s focus on creating policies that drive acceptance, appreciation and understanding within our organization.