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What to wear to the office?

There are many companies around the world, and here at home requiring business attire to be worn in the workplace. The thought is, one should look professional in order to be taken seriously at the office. Other places require business or business casual because they don’t want to risk employees showing up in pyjamas, torn up jeans, or offensive shirts.

Should what one wears to the office really matter? Also, Does wearing a business suit make employees work harder, faster, and smarter? Would money saved on all of the business clothing help to cut back overtime if employees were not forced to buy nicer clothes that inevitably cost more? These are just a few things to look at in regards to the workplace attire question.

Many companies around the world require business attire to be worn at work. If you are an executive or a cubicle worker, it does not matter; you both wear a suit or shirt and tie to work. Women are no different; they must wear a business suit or a nice, “classy” outfit that fits within the parameters of business attire as well if the company requires it. Should it matter though? Why do businesses care what a person wears to the office. A shirt and tie does not make the employee work any harder. So, should business attire be put aside, allowing workers to choose their own clothing? We like to think that Connect has this idea figured out.

Wearing a suit equals better, more professional work?

Since, a suit does not equal more efficient work, why do companies insist that employees wear business suits or shirts and ties? Connect Communications has a different perspective, we allow our operators and staff to wear what makes them comfortable in pretty much every occasion. As long as the clothing is not offensive or in poor taste, it is suitable for work. Our view is that employees will be more efficient if they are more comfortable at work.

Also, there is something about picking out your own outfit that makes you happy. The childhood day of finally picking out your own clothes was a magical day. You felt in control of the world. That excitement fades as you age, but it never truly goes away. So, wearing what you want produces a happier worker. Happier workers, produce better workers. Both parties seem to win.

A penny saved is better than a penny earned

In regards to money being saved, if an employee does not have to buy nicer clothing for work, money will be saved. That, in return will allow the worker to work less. Working less benefits the company in most cases because over-time does not need to be paid. If the employee is a salary worker, the company may force the employee to work more anyway, but at least the worker saves money by not buying those fancy outfits for work.

All in all, it should be up to the employee to decide what he wants to wear. If a person works in a call-centre, business office, corporate building, etc. then he/she should still be able to choose their clothing. It hurts no one and helps both parties. If a company like Connect can make it work, anyone can. Attire in the workplace should be a non-issue. Bring it up in your next business meeting and see what you can do. Explain the positives about both sides winning, and your boss may decide to listen.