As part of an Effective Leadership class I am taking this term, yesterday’s class ended with a discussion of corporate culture. As we meandered through different topics the one thing that kept coming back to my mind was the discussion on how companies were termed conservative because of their dress codes.
As I have mentioned here many times before clothes affect me a lot. I am scared of trying new things and each time I see a smartly dressed woman in formal clothes, stockings, heels etc I think I can never be this person. Yesterday however, some people brought up this point that when dressed in formals, they seem to be more productive. Companies with casual dress code on Fridays seemed to see a decline in productivity. My immediate thought was “Duh! It’s Friday! What do you expect?”
However, these people come from a background where the company took two years to decide for a casual code for Friday’s and most people who are in my class are managers themselves and felt casual dress code equalled less productivity.
Since I am from the complete opposite end of the spectrum and casual clothes are the norm for me, formals are reserved for occasions like job interviews and presentations in front of strangers. I found it fascinating to hear these different points of view. I am not sure about the productivity aspect though. I wonder if the “change” from what is the norm that causes people to focus more on what is different or it is truly that casual clothes tend to make us less focused? I have no clue if my productivity will go up if am dressed in formals but I sure know I will be fussing about how I look rather than focus on my work 🙂
What do you good folks think?