Ahhh summer. Warm mornings followed by scorching afternoons that melt away winter wardrobes consisting of slacks, blazers, and stuffy suits. It is normal to want to stay cool during the hot summer months. Many organizations have workplace policies that prevent employees from wearing clothes that fall into the “casual” or revealing category.
Whatever the policy, there are bound to be employees who push the limits and try to get away with wearing clothes that test the boundaries. As managers, it is important to ensure that casual, summertime dress habits don’t negatively affect the workplace. It is possible to find a balance between maintaining a professional presentation to clients and colleagues while accommodating the inevitable requests for exceptions to the dress code policy. (more…)