Professional, Not Provocative, Equals Productive, Employers Say

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A couple of weeks ago we told you about a survey that found over half of female respondents felt more productive at work when dressed provocatively. Now, according to a different survey, it’s apparent that employers don’t agree.

The poll, conducted by UK law firm DWF, found that employers overwhelmingly feel that dress codes are a necessary part of office life, and say that inappropriately dressed employees will be sent home to change or privately asked not to wear the improper attire again.

In fact, 90 percent of surveyed employers agreed that there were clear benefits to having company-wide dress code regulations.

The top reasons respondents felt that dress codes were necessary included:

  • To maintain a level of professionalism in the office
  • To encourage focus on work and discourage sexual harassment
  • To provide clarity and consistency of approach to staff

Of the less than 30 percent of employers who said they relax their dress codes during summer months, 34 percent said they’ve had problems with employees who take the summer dress policy to an inappropriate level, citing “low cut cropped tops, short skirts and shorts” as the major dress code offenders.

To maintain a level of professionalism and ensure that you don’t find yourself in  a super-embarrassing “Go home and change”  situation, ask your boss or HR department for a copy of the company dress policy.

If your company doesn’t have a firmly outlined dress code, check out these 10 Taboos For Summer Work Wear, by TheWorkBuzz’s Anthony Balderrama.  His top taboos include flip flops, tank tops, shorts and anything see through.

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  13. if men cant even wear shorts to work,why should women be allowed provocative dressing?in all rightness skirts should go beyond the knee and tops should be no different from that worn by men.long pants are always unigender too.

  14. if men are allowed shirts with sleeves cut off, and actual shorts,not knee length berms,and also the liberty to unbutton the top 3 buttons of their shirts as they deem fit,then i(we) just might treat those provocative dresses as a commonplace phenomenon.

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