If anyone in your organization deals with the public, you should have a dress code for all employees. A dress code is a simple document that tells people in various functions what is appropriate work attire, and why.
Time Required: 45 min
- Decide what you want the dress code to say about your business.
- Talk to your customers. Ask how they would like to see your employees dress.
- Talk to your employees. Ask them what they consider appropriate.
- Be flexible. Recognize that what is appropriate dress for the loading dock may not be appropriate for an outside sales person.
- Be realistic. You won't get stock clerks into wearing suits and ties.
- Publish a draft to your employees. The draft should say what the business purpose of the dress code is as well as lay out the rules.
- Ask for employee feedback and listen to it.
- Revise the dress code based on their feedback and then publish it.
- Try it and see how it works. Adjust as necessary.
- Err on the stricter side first. It's easier to relax a dress code than to tighten it.