Do Dress Codes At The Office Work?
The new owners of Newsweek recently banned micro miniskirts, baseball caps, and “neglected hair.” What do such rules mean for innovation, productivity, and being creative?
Can a company’s dress code make or break productivity?
[…] Back in 2006, Sethi recalls that no rule–except for the one that mandated a coat and tie (but no seersucker, please) whenever Senate was in session–was written in a handbook. Rather he says, the code was issued in the form of verbal instruction by the assistant to the chief of staff.
The point of the policy, says Sethi, was likely to show to visitors and outsiders that staff members were smart professionals who were diligent about their work. But it took an undue toll on productivity and morale. “Having such a rigid dress code and grooming policy actually instilled in me a distaste for overtly formal dress at the office,” Sethi maintains, “I felt like so much time and energy was put into worrying about how my appearance would be judged and less on the work I needed to be doing.” […]
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