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This has been bugging me for awhile. Whenever i see people on there way to work..I cringe. BLack dress shoes, pants that are..uhh.."dressy. Button down shirt tucked into their pants..my question is WHY?? know i understand that if your on a sales call or have cleints walking around your office daily..i could see why they dress like that. But if not, what is the purpose of employees dressing like that. Now I hate dressing like that...I function much much better in a casual enviroment. MY idea of a perfect office is a shoeless (all employess feet must be cerfied fresh before entering of course) office where you could where you could where basketball shorts and t-shirts. O know that sounds far-fetched..I think it would create a relaxing, laid back enviroment that people wouldnt hate coming to every day. heck, people might even look forward to work. So in conclusion, is employees are just as productive (or even more) in a casual enviroment, what is the point of "work clothes"????????

asked Dec 22 '10 at 23:14

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edited Dec 22 '10 at 23:21

I have to say, if I ever had my own small design company (which I wish to) then I wouldn't make them wear formal clothes. Jeans and T-shirts are fine to me, and IMO I can work much more productively whilst I'm in casual clothes, because they're so much more comfortable it's unreal.

answered Dec 23 '10 at 11:42

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I don't think you need to worry about any of this dress code nonsense. You're going to have a hard time getting hired with that horrendous spelling/grammar of yours. Maybe next time you should express yourself less casually and more professionally, and then you will be taken a little bit more seriously.

Ironic isn't it?

answered Dec 23 '10 at 02:56

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Lol..point taken. I usually do not put much effort into proper grammar on the Internet. Though I can say with great deal of honesty that my resume will be flawlessly punctuated. I didn't win English student o the year at my school for nothing.

(Dec 23 '10 at 09:52) SJP SJP's gravatar image

When you are going to apply for a job, most businesses will pull up every little thing about you that they can, and if someone sees that you put very little effort into something as simple as typing on the Internet, they'll be less likely to hire you.

(Dec 23 '10 at 11:30) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

The point in almost all work environments is to look professional. If you work in a corporate setting, you will most likely be getting customers, and if they walk in and see that you look like you just got off of the basketball court, they will be less inclined to work with your business again, even if you did the best job out of anyone else.

Business casual is another type of "dress code" that people like using, because it presents you in a nice way, and it leaves to comfortable at the same time.

Here's a little kit for some extreme business casual (jeans included)

answered Dec 23 '10 at 00:07

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edited Dec 23 '10 at 00:08

well i think it is part tradition, and i would not say that employees are more productive one way or the other. Maybe being dressed up kinda focuses your mind on work instead of loudness around... I must admit, I dont dress formal just for fun, but i dont mind it if i have to, well except the shoes, my feet like to be comfy... plus you can also get some really cool ties, i have the think geek binary "ties suck" tie :) but i think it comes down to tradition. also in most office buildings people are meeting with clients even though they are not meeting with you, you are there and they want you to look presentable for people passing by.

answered Dec 22 '10 at 23:33

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Personally, I really agree with you on not liking the whole professional dress thing. I'm not sure why, but since when does the definition of "professional" have to include blan and boring, which is exactly what describes the whole traditional professional dress-wear. I'm okay with business causal with a simple dress shirt and khakis and such, but I'm not okay with the traditional professional dress-wear with the blan-looking and colored blazer (usually limited to black, navy blue, brown and other colors that are typically close to neutral), blan-looking and colored dress pants, blan-looking and colored leather dress shoes and (worst of all) the pointless tie that's usually the same blan style and color (though sometimes a bit more colorful) as the rest of the ensemble. In fact, I dislike it so much that I didn't even dress that way in a presentation project where I was required to do so. I lost some points for that but I don't care. Thankfully, the requirements for traditional professional dress-wear in the workplace seem to be disappearing.

Also what exactly is the point of a necktie anyways? They seem to be more of a choking hazard and a pointless dress piece than anything.

answered Mar 24 '12 at 07:17

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edited Mar 24 '12 at 07:18

I go to work wearing flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt.

I win.

answered Mar 24 '12 at 07:54

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