WHY FIRMS SHOULD EMBRACE THE CASUAL DRESS CULTURE
Casual wear/dress refers to the clothes we use for our everyday activity. This style emphasizes on comfort, relaxation, and informality. It incorporates an extensive variety of clothes and styles. Casual dressing gives first place to personal expression, individual articulation and comfort over formality and conformity.
Due to the alarming way employers especially Nigerian bosses force dress codes on their workers, i decided to investigate; asking employees most especially strangers how they feel about putting on casual clothes in their various place of work. Well their answers actually surprised me because almost of them actually believed in the idea of being flexible at work and that in turn means they can have the liberty to put on casuals to work.
Well highlighted below is the reason why I think employees should have the liberty to be flexible with their dress codes at work.
· CASUAL CLOTHES ARE COMFORTABLE AND PROMOTE PRODUCTIVITY
A lot of people in and outside the office believe that the option to dress casual allows them to be more comfortable especially in hot weathers. After all, wearing a full suit when there is heat and a low source of ventilation is sure to affect productivity. If people are comfortable, they’re happier, and if they’re happier, they’re more likely to work harder and that is the one thing employers should be made to understand.
Alex De Sousa, a web developer at Vertical Leap, is completely against the idea of having to dress smartly at work.
“No work uniform is good, i wouldn’t even entertain the idea of working for a company where i couldn’t dress casually,” he said. “Eight plus hours of my life every day in something i don’t feel comfortable in is not how i want to spend my life.”
Moreover, wearing what you want allows for personal expression, something which is vital for any creative job, and welcomed in many other roles.
A relaxed dress policy doesn’t just allow employees to show off their own personality, it can demonstrate the company’s quirky nature too. In a world where a lot of businesses have their employees dressed in shirts and ties, an unusual uniform or look can make your brand so much more memorable. Stuart Clark, SEO specialist at Vertical Leap, worked for a company that did just this, successfully. I once had an experience with a firm and for the first two weeks of my resumption i was very unproductive because i wasn’t even feeling the vibe and hey I was told that putting on casuals would deem unprofessional but then i had to resign and go back into freelancing. And then a suit or even a uniform can be intimidating at times, according to PCSO Matt Brown.
Smart Casual – A Definitive Bargain?
The fact that i think we should embrace more of casuals doesn’t mean we should ignore the fact that being formal makes you look serious and ravishingly important in front of clients as we all know humans in general are always judgmental. So; since there are benefits to both casual and smart clothes, why not combine the two? People will feel ready for work, look good in front of customers and clients, but will still be able to display some individuality. It also seem a lot of people are open to the idea of dress down days, even if they usually wear a uniform or suit.
Personally, i am a big fan of being able to dress how i like at work, and i feel lucky to work in an industry where i don’t need to spend my morning ironing a dress for work. Every so often, i also love to dress formal and i would certainly do this if i was attending a formal occasion.
Having a relaxed dress code allows people to make their own decisions i.e. you can come to work in a suit, or you can turn up in jeans and a t-shirt. As long as an employee is happy, isn’t wearing anything offensive and is still able to do their job properly, does it really matter what they wear?
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