Dress for the Job
Most workplaces have a dress code. There are many reasons for workplaces to have a dress code. Dressing for the job is dependent on specific job requirements, environment, region, climate, season, and the type of workplace.
- Dressing for Office Work:
- Dressing for the office is different than dressing for a construction site, manufacturing environment, hospital, etc. The general rule is to try to dress according to your company culture (casual or business). Be sure to have a copy of and understand the company’s specific dress code policy. Recently, many offices are becoming more “business casual” instead of requiring employees to wear suits.
- Dressing for the Job:
- Dress code must:
- Match with the nature of the company’s work.
- Be safe.
- Show a public image of the business.
- If your company is more business than casual wear tailored pants and a sport coat or sweater.
- Have a good rain coat.
- Take good care of the quality clothes in which you have invested.
- Your clothes must be clean and in good condition. This includes being wrinkle-free.
- It is not appropriate to wear tight or trendy clothing to work.
- Do not wear printed t-shirts. Solid color shirts are generally ok.
- Do not wear jeans or shorts. Some companies allow jeans on Fridays. Check your specific Dress Code Policy to find out.
- For ladies, make sure you are not showing too much. Your clothing should be both comfortable and professional.
- If you work at machinery it is not safe to wear loose clothing, have loose hair, or wear jewelry.
- If you work in a kitchen, you must tie your hair back and cover it for hygiene reasons.
- Health care employees should not wear jewelry or loose/long sleeves for the safety of patients.