Employees Like Casual Dress Code, But Are Confused

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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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