When you start working in a corporate, straight out of the university after holding your Degrees & Offer Letter, you find yourself completely clueless when it comes to choosing a dress for the office. It is generally acknowledged that most organizations will have some sort of appearance standards or guidelines that clearly state about organization attire and grooming practices for their employees to come in the work place. Many organizations are concerned about their corporate image and customer services and dress code is part of it.
Image has become a well-honed method to communicate business in corporate to the observer, and even today, the practice remains unchanged.
Many employers have questions about dress codes, in particular, whether dress codes can have specified different rules for the appearance for both men and women. For example, can employers prohibit male employees from wearing earrings or having long hair or can women walk in with casual clothes with messy style or not?
As per general rule, the answer is yes, as long as those differences can reflect
current social norms.
While Organizations are looking to make work more comfortable in every way, be it the latest in technology or the opportunity to interact with a global team, they also believe that they can expand your horizon further and help you contribute more innovatively, by giving you the comfort to dress smart. The smart dress code will continue to help you display a professional’s image to customers, potential employees, and the community of visitors. As an organization that focuses on quality and professionalism, it is imperative to maintain the highest level of personal effectiveness and that can in no way be compromised. They sincerely hope that you all will exercise this freedom with great responsibility. You will truly see that when you dress smart, you feel smart and work smart.
Normally the services companies have a strict dress code, so you will find most of the people wearing formals on all days except Friday
The product companies do not bother about the dress. It’s very common to see people coming in floaters and flip flops.
They particularly do not have any norms. Most of the developers and QA Engineers may come in “Out of the bed look”. Only the marketing guys and senior leadership take care of grooming
To avoid any conflict, most of the organizations follow a Dress Code Policy where they list out the Do’s and dont’s. we are giving an example of an Indian IT company.
Well, first and foremost, your reputation will go down. It is important that associates display a professional image to customers, potential employees, and a community of visitors. In a customer centric IT services company, employees are required to comply with the organization’s dress code and maintain highest level of personal effectiveness. Management has the right to review the policy on a continuous basis and reserve the right to amend the policy at its sole discretion. With freedom comes responsibility, and the company advises the associates to be in compliance with the dress code and help the organization implement the associate-friendly policy. In the worst case, the HR or admin may be given instruction not to allow you to enter the premises. You will be politely asked to go back.
While it is advisable to strictly follow the policy, but there could be exception at times
Ethnic Day Celebration: Exemptions from the dress code policy is made for special occasions (Ethnic day, celebration of festivals, office parties) on a case-to-case basis at the discretion of the Manager and HR. In the coming week, you might see your colleagues wearing ethnic dress for celebrating Independence day
Maternity: Normally expectant mothers are allowed to wear long loose dresses to work
Religious Beliefs: Normally change to policy is completely acceptable across the globe when the reason is based on religion. For example, wearing a head gear or not keeping a clean shave is perfectly acceptable.
Medical Reasons: If you hurt your feet, you may not be able to wear shoes. If your hands are fractured and you are using a sling, then the dress code policy will not be followed due to medical reasons on due consultation with the reporting Manager or the HR representative
Image : Dress Smart, Feel Smart, Work Smart. (Source: Facebook)
|Footwear||Shoes, sandals and sneakers||Flip-flops, rubber chappal and hiking boots can be avoided.|
|Personal Grooming||Ear rings, simple bracelet and nose piercing is allowed.||Visible and offencive tattoos, unkempt hair, colored hair and visible body piercing are not accepted.|
Source: Public Facebook page of an IT Company
|Footwear||Leather or sued shoes/loafers with rubber sole and sneakers look professional||Any kind of open toed/shoes/slippers like floaters and flip flops should not be worn.|
|Only ear piercing is allowed.||Visible and offensive tattoos, fussy hair style, neon colored hair and visible body piercing is not accepted|
Before you get a dress code policy in your hands, my advice will be to pick-up yourself as a best fashion technician and decide how to put yourself in front of seniors and corporate. You know you’re beautiful and cool enough to present yourself.
The most strange thing is clothing. Every woman leaves something that she would look better in, but every man leaves in which something he looks worse.
Best dressing can give you motivation to speak and in return what can you hear. Styling at your best can easily convey your introduction than explanation.
As an organization, most of the companies recruit the best and the brightest talent in the industry and might have a large millennial force that form the backbone of the company. Their policies should therefore be connected with that of the talent they work with, and they should appreciate this new progressive mind set. As an employee, you should put your best professional image forward.
Remember Work is worship….
And you should dress well when you go for the place of worship.