Saturday, June 5, 2010

Do You Need a Dress Code Policy?

As the weather warms up you may be thinking more about what type of dress is appropriate for your place of business. It might be a good idea to develop a written dress code policy so your employees understand what is acceptable to wear to work and what is not.

Here are 5 tips to help you craft a policy for your business.

One - Decide what you want your employees appearance to say about your business - what image do you want your employees to project to your customers.

Two - Talk to your employees about what they think is appropriate dress for their jobs.

Three - Adapt your plan to suit your business activities and the different jobs within your business - what is acceptable attire for working the loading dock may not be acceptable for the person greeting customers at the front desk.

Four - Be as specific as possible with your dress code. For example when you say casual attire is appropriate - include specific examples of what you mean by casual attire to avoid confusion.

Five - Circulate your dress code policy among your employees and ask for feedback then revise it as necessary.

By crafting a dress code policy you and your employees will be on the same page when it comes to knowing what to wear and what not to wear!