At the workplace one’s actions are constantly being judged and one’s performance is always under close scrutiny. Apart from strong communications skills, conformance to workplace discipline and a good track record, an employee’s adherence to the company dress code is also an important parameter that is considered during appraisals.
Hence, following an organization’s dress code is a part of workplace ethics meant to be taken seriously by every employee. A uniform dress code helps maintain a professional atmosphere but there are also some companies that have tweaked their policies so as to accommodate a more relaxed dressing standard. In most organizations though, it is formal wear on weekdays and casual wear on weekends.
At the workplace it is not important to be always well dressed but rightly dressed. A nonchalant attitude towards the dress code can be interpreted as defiance or lack of seriousness. Presentation and meetings with clients require one to be appropriately dressed. Dress code is directly linked to the company’s image and employees must pay attention to it.
It helps in maintaining parity among all employees.
While most of us get it right while dressing to work, here are some pointers to be kept in mind:
One must not overdress or under dress to work. Adhering to the prescribed standards is sufficient In this case there are color codes, it is necessary to follow them as well. The clothes you wear your attitude and hence you should be rightly dressed.
One must not dress provocatively or inappropriately or in such a manner that distracts other employees. Such an act can attract censure or a stricter penalty in keeping with the company policy. It may affect one’s rapport with other colleagues too.
Casualty: Often the term casual wear is grossly misinterpreted. Casual wear is definitely a deviation from the formal dress code but it needs to be within the professional framework. Not all casual wear is worthy of office use. In case of doubt one must refer the guidelines defined by the organization.
At the workplace one is not expected to turn up as having walked straight out of a fashion magazine. It is important to be comfortable in whatever one wears (fashion faux are not for the workplace). It is one’s proficiency and not fashion quotient that is being assessed.
Many of time as the work shift begins people appear prim and proper but as it ends the sleeves of shirts are folded or tie (in case it is a part of the dress etiquette) is loosened. This must be avoided
Employers who directly interface with clients must be given even more particular as they are representatives of their organization. While dealing with customers it is often clothes that make or break and impression along with your communication skills and other factors.
Maintaining a decent hairstyle and wearing appropriate footwear also constitutes workplace discipline. During interviews too one must eb careful of what one is wearing.
In a bid to be more employees’ friendly some organizations have relaxed dressing norms. At such a workplace the employees must use his /her discretion while dressing up.
An organization’s dress code not only maintains uniformity among employees who come from various backgrounds but also projects the company’s image to its client’s business partners or to the public in general. Every company crafts a dress code policy keeping in mind its mission and the values It embodies, As a result employees are expected to toe the line when it comes to dress code compliance. It is also a measure of how much employees follow organizational rules.
Being successful at the workplace is as much dependent on one’s dressing and grooming as it is on other aspects. Also, a well groomed workforce is reflective of the organization’s culture and vision. It’s only the work that matters, how do you present yourself makes a difference.