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Do Your Employees Dress For Failure?
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gmtrmt
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gmtrmt,
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1/7/2014 | 10:06:27 AM
smart casual is smart business
At present we have to wear smart shirts, shoes and trousers for work. Its not comfortable but the Directors believe it makes us act more professionally (the sales team are obviously excempt from this lol) having previously worked in a creative business we were encouraged to wear our best casual clothes which i think worked a lot better as you felt smart as opposed to sticking on a cheap shirt and bargain basement trousers and shoes as  I currently am. I understand that many people can not afford the latest fashion however even the most lowly apprentice is capable of putting together a great smart casual outfit.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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1/7/2014 | 9:52:29 AM
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Norris, I must respectfully disagree with you. Whikle it's true that dressing up may help some people feel better and be more productive, that is in no way true of all employees. And forcing them all to dress in any specific way is conformist and pretty archaic, if you ask me. I know lots of men (whom I am singling out beciuase you posted the link to men's style) who are very successful and don't dress particularly well at all. I like to think that as a society we have progressed beyond that kind of shallowness.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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1/7/2014 | 9:32:02 AM
Re: some implementation details
@Rob... Great point about people that English is a 2nd language to. English is one of the most complex crazy languages when it comes to grammar and spelling rules.
norris1231
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norris1231,
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1/7/2014 | 12:37:20 AM
Re: Dressing for success?
@Pauls61. I agree there is a time and a place for best dress; It depends on the situation, location, and scedule for the day/week.  The bottom-line is that all individuals must focus on looking presentable at all times.
norris1231
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norris1231,
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1/7/2014 | 12:33:59 AM
Re: Dressing for success?
I agree with your comment.  How you dress shows your respect for yourself and others.  The non-verbal cues matter a lot more than many individuals believe.  You are being watched at all times, from the way you talk to the way you walk.
norris1231
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norris1231,
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1/7/2014 | 12:29:40 AM
Re: some implementation details
I agree with you both that clarity of communication and quality of work does matter.  However, when one dresses-to-impress, quality of work will increase, communication will increase, and overall job performance will increase.  When one dresses good, he and/or she feel good and performances good.  Relaxed dressing should be a privilege on certain days.  It truly bothers me to see a member of my team or another department employee dress poorly.  It places a black-eye on the entire organization.  Reference :http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/looks-matter-men/

 
norris1231
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norris1231,
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1/7/2014 | 12:14:53 AM
Re: Mixed Feelings
@ TechNoSeattle. I strongly believe that many corporations changed the way people develop when they eradicated the suit and tie concept.  The business casual concept started several years ago when the economy went south.  Relaxed dressing became popular in an effort to accommodate employees and increase attitudes.  However, in my opinion dressing is part of a successful corporation.  Not only did the ties disappear, the additional training classes that many corporations provided also disappeared.  Corporations do not send their employees to classes to improve their managerial skills.  Most training today is conducted by CPT.  Basic skills such as writing, speech, and presentation skills should be at the utmost importance.  However, today those skills are not being trained like they were in the past.  Is it because of the eradicated power suits and ties or is it because of the disappearance of the power-suits?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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1/6/2014 | 10:29:14 AM
Re: some implementation details
Efemera, I think you hit the nail right on the head with your comment. Clarity of communication and quality of work is what really counts, and the way employees dress -- especially as companies become more and more virtual and global -- matters far less than it may have at any other time. I believe that companies that encourage workers to express their individuality (within respectful perameters, of course) are actually far more productive and innovative.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/6/2014 | 9:14:26 AM
Re: Sloppy writing
PaulS681 -- I second this (though as a writer and reporter, this likely bothers me more than it may others). You represent your company  through words as much as you do your attire.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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1/6/2014 | 9:03:17 AM
Re: some implementation details
It's a fair point, efemera, and one I hadn't considered. Of course we need to make accommodations for those whose first language isn't English. As for attire, most of us could do better.
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