Recently published in New American, Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, believes that the suit and tie cost too much money–not in regards to the price tag of the clothing, but rather toward savings on air conditioning. Hasina has ordered male government employees to stop wearing suits, jackets, and ties to save electricity–furthermore shirts do not need to be tucked in to one’s trousers. By abandoning the traditional business attire, Hasina reckons that men in government office jobs will be cooler and therefore air conditioner use would go down, which he also mandated should not be set below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
It seems that Bangladesh has adopted the style of dress code most businessmen have dreamed of in other areas of the world. There are of course more details in the situation; but it does cause one to ponder, what would our office look like with a similar dress code? Would it change the way we do business?