Going to work with a suit and tie has long been the accepted norm for individuals working in an office or corporate environment. Business people, accountants, lawyers and other respected professions have long been synonymous with wearing suits, cufflinks and handkerchiefs. As times progressed, casual garments became widely accepted in an office environment.
New creative industries have brought to the fore different approaches to employee appearance, where polo and casual shirts have become fully acceptable even for senior staff. Research in the UK shows that only 10% of males still wear a suit to work. This new concept allows employees to feel more comfortable in the workplace, being more productive and motivated, which is necessary for creative environments.
Business casual dress codes help reduce the stress of conformity, expense and also discomfort. With a more relaxed atmosphere, employees are not burdened with more anxiety related to their appearance. In comforting environments where employees are not scrutinised or compared with others regarding their appearance are more likely to perform better at work.
A relaxed dress code minimises economic strain, as employees do not need to buy expensive attire and feel at liberty of being able to dress however they feel like. In this regard, small companies with casual dress codes allow employees to multi-task more effectively, especially if they need to juggle responsibilities between front and back operations.
Companies that allow employees to dress casually send a strong signal that uniqueness and individuality are appreciated. Obviously, customer interaction remains a concern and a company would need to decide the appropriate clothing code for client-facing employees. This would normally be treated under a different umbrella as companies emphasise that clients need to get the best impression of the company.
Casual dress codes have become a widely accepted notion and are now a commonly adopted practice in Malta’s leading industries.
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