From Our Office to Yours: The Ethics of the Office Dress Code

by Rachel Yeomans | October 5th, 2009   

Read what Victoria E. Freile of Democrat & Chronicle conveys from an interview on how the office dress code reflects the office itself.

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We ask executives to address issues facing young professionals. Today’s expert is Donna Schultz, president of Mirror Show Management in Webster.

What’s your philosophy on a dress code?

First impressions count. If anyone in your organization deals with the public, you should have a dress code for all employees.

business attire From Our Office to Yours: The Ethics of the Office Dress Code

Dress codes should be appropriate to your industry. We had our quality management team interview employees and determine specifics around our dress code prior to publishing details in our Employee Handbook.

At MSM, we observe a business casual dress code. Employees are expected to dress and maintain their overall appearance in a manner that is both appropriate for the tasks they are assigned and consistent with the image of professionalism our company wishes to present to its clients and the public.

Companies need to be flexible and recognize that what is appropriate dress for shipping and receiving is not appropriate for sales. I’ve always been of the mindset that you should dress for the position you want, not for the one you have.