Posted tagged ‘dress code’

1960s dress codes in the 21st century

July 15, 2011

This is almost less mad than what follows:Sometimes we at WLLG receive an e-mail in our inbox that basically needs to be repeated in full. Today is one such day, enjoy:

Hi guys,

Knowing your love of quirkyness in local government I thought I’d send you the dress code we were asked to follow a couple of years ago. I still can’t work out if the person who put it together wasn’t really paying attention and simply copied it from a 1960s guide or whether she genuinely used these words. As you will be able to tell before too long it was quickly abandoned due to not enough staff owning two piece knit suits or a trouser press.

Remember, this was a dress code form the 2000s!

Work dress code

First impressions count. A professional consultant who doesn’t take the time to maintain a professional appearance presents the image of not being able to perform their work adequately. This professional dress code is set out here to provide xxxx Departmental staff with guidance on appropriate professional appearance and demeanour.

Looking and behaving as highly trained and well-groomed professional will improve your image and that of the Division and gain the respect of your customers and colleagues.

Formal Dress code guidelines

In a  formal business environment, the standard form of dressing for me and women is a suit, a jacket and trousers or a skirt, or a dress paired with appropriate accessories. Clothing that reveals too much is also not acceptable for a place of business. In out work environment, clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled, torn dirty of frayed clothing. Any clothing that has words, terms or pictures that may be offensive to other employees is unacceptable.

Slacks, trousers and suits

Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makes of cotton or synthetic material trousers, flannel trousers that match a suit jacket and a nice looking dresses (sic) are acceptable.


Dress code dilemmas

September 1, 2010

Not something for the office wall?

From time to time we write short entries about dress codes; normally on the back of senior managers sending out new dress codes (which are subsequently dropped) or because our local Trade Union branch has got their knickers in a twist about a request that local government staff don’t where Black Sabbath T-shirts to work.

Today’s blog is a variation on a theme.

This afternoon I met our Chief Executive for the first time. I know it’s wrong but one of the first things I noticed was the fact that she was wearing trainers.

This might be the way that I was brought up but is it wrong to expect that the Chief Executive, the person who makes all the decisions about the future of the council, should be wearing shoes?

It’s not that I’m a great fan of shoes; they can be uncomfortable and designed purely to look good (heels anyone?) but not all shoes are uncomfortable and for some reason I want my Chief Executive to make an effort.

I had a friend who used to approach university exams dressed in a really smart outfit; her argument was that you needed to dress to intimidate the exam paper and if he did he would then rise to the occasion. Isn’t that the same with your Chief Executive, especially when there are important meetings to attend like there were today?

Anyway, next time the Union put out a newsletter asking us to campaign against the dress code I’ll ignore them and pledge to sign up to the code; if the Chief Executive puts her trainers away at the same time!