As a part of corporate culture and to protect the reputation of the business, the company may wish to place specific appearance requirements on those who work for them. Many companies create a dress code policy as a way to control what employees wear while they’re in the office, or when they’re representing the company outside the office.
It is up to the company to define what is considered appropriate work attire. Employees or others representing the company should agree to that dress code policy prior to being hired or accepting a contract for work. For example, management professionals may be required to wear a suit and jacket for day-to-day work.
The dress code may include information about special occasions and events, as well as any opportunities to “dress down.” For example, some employers may offer a Casual Friday in which polo shirts and khakis are acceptable instead of suit jackets and ties. In other cases, a corporate policy may allow casual business attire for regular work days, and special attire reserved for client visits or company events. This policy should be clearly explained in writing in the company handbook.
The components of a dress code may include clothing, shoes, hair styles, personal accessories, and perfumes. It can also expand to require the wearing of properly fitting clothes, hosiery, and undergarments. In cases of religious beliefs, a case-by-case decision must be made by the employer to allow the display of religious jewelry or logos on clothing.
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