Employees Like Casual Dress Code, But Are Confused

These days it isn’t uncommon for offices to have more casual dress codes, and while that may be great for some people, for others it’s a major source of confusion when it comes to deciding what  exactly qualifies as casual in the workplace.

A new OfficeTeam poll finds that 56% of employees prefer a more casual dress code in the office, although 41% admit they're sometimes unsure about whether certain things are appropriate for the office. And believe it or not, 48% of people would rather not have such uncertainty and would prefer to wear a uniform.

Surprisingly, 56% of workers 18 to 34 prefer a more formal dress code in the office, and they are also the most likely to be confused about what’s appropriate for the office (54%), and would most like to wear a uniform (59%).

Overall men prefer formal attire more than women (54% vs. 30%), while 86% of people like a casual dress code because they can wear more comfortable outfits, although 23% of workers say their office isn’t exactly clear on what they deem acceptable to wear. 

  • To demonstrate such uncertainty, employees revealed some things they thought about wearing to the office but weren’t sure about their appropriateness, and some of them are a bit surprising, while others have us shaking our heads in total disbelief. They include:
  • An off-the-shoulder ("cold shoulder") top
  • Leggings
  • A Hawaiian shirt
  • Flip-flops
  • A baseball hat
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Fishnet stockings
  • A tight sweater
  • Capri pants
  • A track suit
  • A low-cut top
  • Dressy sandals
  • A hockey jersey
  • Shorts
  • Cargo pants
  • A political T-shirt
  • Colored jeans
  • A tank top
  • Tennis shoes
  • A short skirt
  • A sheer top 

Source: OfficeTeam

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