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What Should Be Done When Employees Violate the Company's Summer Dress Code?

Magazine article HRMagazine

What Should Be Done When Employees Violate the Company's Summer Dress Code?

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Ah, summer at the office: the clap of Ryan's flip-flops, the sight of the torn leather sandals that Joe backpacked through Europe in after college, and the length of Mary's "skort" making you wonder if she has qualified for Wimbledon this year. You implemented a summer casual dress code policy as a nice benefit for employees, not to give yourself more headaches. So how can you reduce these wardrobe violations?

First, develop and distribute a clear, written policy that spells out expectations for office attire. Millennials and Baby Boomers may have very different ideas on what "casual footwear" means, so a policy should be specific, such as stating whether flip-flops (even the fancy leather ones) are allowed; whether all shoes should be in good condition; and, for safety reasons, if open-toe or platform shoes are permitted. Give examples or limits for major clothing types, and include a disclaimer that the employer has discretion in determining if any clothing item or accessory does not meet company standards.

Second, train your supervisors not only on the policy but also on how to approach an employee who has crossed the line. …

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