Encore’s agony uncle Chris Savage tackles your agency dilemmas in his weekly advice column. This week, office dress codes.
What’s wrong with all these young people today coming to work as if they’ve come straight from a nightclub? Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I think presentation is important. How can I establish a dress code with my team without seeming, well, old fashioned?
John Singleton used to send shabby dressers home. They could only come back when they smartened up. It worked. Times have changed, though, and with this has come much more liberal dress codes to keep the new generation happy. That’s okay. But there have to be boundaries and limits. Set some sensible ground rules. No flip flops. No tank tops. No torn jeans. Whatever. Get your key team together. Work out sensible guidelines. Communicate them. Never let them be broken. If they are, send the culprit home.
Chris Savage is the chief operating officer of STW Group. His blog, Wrestling Possums with Chris Savage, can be found at chrisjohnsavage.com
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