Employees want to be comfortable. Especially in a California workplace, where weather is mild all year and hot in summer, employees sometimes blur the lines on what’s appropriate for the workplace. Although employers want to make their work environment friendly by instituting ‘business casual’ dress codes, what if this is abused in the summer time?
What employees choose to wear can impact an organization’s image and, in some cases, pose safety hazards. A lack of clothing can be distracting to clients and co-workers. Educate employees by defining ‘Business Casual’ keeping the focus on the business aspects and expectations.
Communicate that the reason for the decision to exclude specific styles, footwear or garments are to assure a safe and professional workplace.
Here’s a sample communication to employees, that you can use:
The following list is a guideline of what attire is appropriate and inappropriate under the summer dress policy. These are examples only. Managers or supervisors may determine if an employee is dressed inappropriately for the workplace within the summer dress policy allowance.
Appropriate casual dress for the workplace guidelines:
T-shirts (solid colors only, no logos).
Denim jeans and shirts, dresses or skirts
Inappropriate dress for the workplace guidelines:
Shorts, other than walking shorts.
Logo clothing (sport teams, cartoon characters, etc.).
Thong-type sandals or floppy sandals.
Halter tops and tank tops, unless layered.
Employees who report to work inappropriately attired will be asked to leave work to change clothes and will be required to use personal time or vacation time to do so.
Let us know if this sample guideline was of use to you, or if you have other workplace concerns you need answers on! Email Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.