Casual Elegance or Casual Sloppy
You’ve no doubt noticed the workplace trend towards the ambiguous dress code of ‘business casual’. I’m all for managers getting rid of uncomfortable ties and girdles. (I stopped wearing girdles years ago). As for frontline attire, I’m a fan of tasteful uniforms that enable customers to easily recognize service personnel. My concern is when casual becomes an excuse for sloppy. Some people appear to assume that how they present themselves at work is their business. Actually, since everyone else is subjected to that employee’s attire and hygiene, how employees dress impacts everyone. Good grooming therefore, doesn’t just reflect on how you feel about yourself… it demonstrates how you feel about others. If we want our coworkers and customers to show respect to us, perhaps we should begin with grooming habits that show respect for others.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. – Mark Twain
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