Here comes the sun, or, at least, just as soon as this relentless rain clears up. However, every cloud has a silver lining and this (hopefully) brief spell of bad weather gives employers an opportunity to revisit their dress code policies to ensure employees are under no illusion that the sun shining does not mean relaxed dress standards.
I’m not suggesting your employees are going to come to work with their “Taps Aff”, but the effect of un-tucked shirts, creeping hemlines, sandals and casual clothing more generally is often a less than professional look.
Every workplace has different dress codes and expectations, so a list of unacceptable clothing items in the policy will make it clear what is expected of staff. It may seem obvious to an employer that halter tops and shorts should not be worn in the office, but it’s better to spell it out in a policy than have to send someone home to change because it didn’t occur to him or her that it was inappropriate. It might also be useful to include the phrase ‘if you have to think about it, it probably isn’t suitable’.
If you don’t have a dress code policy then it’s time to put one in place. You’ll find it helpful in maintaining dress standards regardless of what the weather is like.
Donna Reynolds is an experience Employment Lawyer and HR Adviser offering Employment Law and HR Advice and assistance to SMEs in Fife, Edinburgh and across Scotland.