The debate about whether offices should have a dress code or not has been raging for many a year.
Of course, there are pluses and minuses to having one in an office and not having one.
A dress code is said to encourage professional behaviour as it reminds people that they are in a formal setting.
It obviously standardises what people wear, which means going to work isn’t just a fashion parade. Those who aren’t as stylish as others also don’t need to feel bad and worry about what clothes they are going to wear for work, which can cause needless alarm for people.
There is also the argument that it creates a positive impression on people, which is probably why police officers, fire officers, and hospital staff wear uniforms.
This is particularly important if you are regularly dealing with the public face to face or if you have a lot of contact with customers.
The downside to having a dress code is that people can feel restricted having to wear a certain type of clothing for work every day.
It may reduce creativity that employees feel in their job, as well as productivity, if you force your workers to wear a certain type of clothing.
Whether schools should adopt dress codes or not can cause problems as well. Should children be made to wear uniforms as a sign of respect to teachers and in preparation for working life, or should they be allowed to wear whatever they like?
The issue of dress codes came up at a school in Canada very recently, which involved sexist language for how girls should dress.
Clothes shouldn’t cause offence for anybody, no matter what side of the debate you fall on.
But, as with many arguments, you shouldn’t make the other side feel bad just because you disagree with them.