December 25, 2019

The way employees dress can have an impact on your company’s reputation. If clients frequently visit, dress code sets an image of professionalism. If they don’t, the way your workers dress can be more relaxed and comfortable, as long as it fits the needs of your business.  

Once you’ve determined the dress code that works best for your place of employment, it’s time to enforce it. You can create a guide easily with these steps: 

1. Describe your overall office aesthetic. 

This is a general description of the overarching feel of your work environment. It could be professional, semi-professional or even casual. This gives employees an idea of the type of clothing that you expect.  

2. Explain the reason for the dress code.

Depending on your industry, it could be to maintain a professional reputation with clients and customers, if they frequent your building. If yours is an industrial setting, dress code can also keep workers safe, as loose clothing and jewelry can get caught in machines. Help your workers understand why the dress code is important—this will give them pride in following it.  

3. List all acceptable and unacceptable clothing. 

For example, acceptable attire could include slacks, dress shirts or skirts, and suits with clean, polished footwear. Probably more important is listing what NOT to wear, such as tight, short or revealing clothing; clothing with rips, tears, stains or holes; sleeveless tops; or wrinkled clothes.  

4. Explain grooming requirements.

The way employees present themselves beyond clothing can also have an impact on the impression your company makes to customers, as well as fellow employees. Examples can include limiting make-up and fragrance, which can be distracting to coworkers.  

5. Include consequences for not following the dress code.

This is also a factor in motivating your employees to follow the rules. Consequences could include warnings, suspension or even termination.  

Get Support Rolling Out New Policies 

For training needs, check with your recruiter. Your staffing partner may offer services to help train your workers when policies change. Ask what services about available services and how they can help.  

Check out Inter-Connect 

If you don’t currently work with a staffing partner, now’s the time! Inter-Connect will help you find the qualified workers you need for your office/administrative and light industrial positions. To learn more, contact us today!  

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