A Nation of Slobs

March 7, 2013

Every day is now casual day in corporate America.

Back in the old days, people with white collar jobs actually used to wear white collars.  They even wore colorful silk ties around their white collars.  For a while, three-piece suits were big.  Suspenders had their day, and, if you paid enough for them, you might call them “braces.”  Wing-tip shoes were big, too.

Of course, women dressed even more elegantly.  While dresses gave way to business suits, the emphasis was still on “business.”

Now, though, we’re a nation of slobs.  Jeans are the most common form of attire and, in some workplaces, even T-shirts are acceptable.

It started with “casual Fridays.”  By allowing employees to dress like slobs on Fridays, theoretically they would not feel as though they were working. Not realizing that this benefit was given in place of a raise, employees embraced the idea, figuring that they could not only dress casually on Friday, but work casually as well.

Casual Fridays have worked so well, that they have crept into the rest of the work week.

So why dress up? It’s a matter of respect not only for your customers, but for yourself. Want to improve your company’s image and create a sense of pride? Try dressing properly. And require those who work for you to dress up.

When people dress like professionals, they’re more likely to act like professionals.  When people look like professionals, they’re more likely to be treated like professionals.

Do you agree?

Comments

How to dress

I think all employees should be required to pull their pants pockets inside out to show they have no money, as a tribute to Obama's stellar leadership in this sagging economy.

How to dress

And we could all wear baseball caps at a slant in tribute to the ghettoization of America. 

Business attire on the rise as dressing with style

The traditional business casual and expressive options will find their way back into the office. Sport coat, odd slacks, tie, and pocket square are my uniform in an office of either poorly fitted suits or Best Buy service rep uniforms of blue dress shirt and khakis. I dress well because it makes me look like I feel inside: polished, professional, confident, and respectful.

Well said. Casual in dress,

Well said. Casual in dress, casual in manner, casual in performance. A close look at even the tech industry shows that the real serious people put some effort into how they present themselves.

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