Many of us feel like we’re living in a chaotic world right now. Many businesses that had never expected to work remotely have been forced to connect with employees from home. And these employees are now in a new position, often with families at home, to figure out how to make it work. But what happens after all of this is over? What will happen when workers return to job sites? With dress codes being the least of our worries now, even for video conferences, there may be a need to reinforce rules once employees are back at work. Here are a few ways you can address dress code violations.
Common Dress Code Violations
The violations of your dress code are directly related to the type of dress code you implement. For example, if you encourage business casual then people dressing too casually may be a problem. If your dress code is already casual, in that you allow jeans, then it could start to lean toward sloppy.
Some common dress code violations include:
- Inappropriate clothing such as t-shirts with unacceptable messages
- Clothes that are unclean, wrinkled, or in disrepair
- Violations of policies about tattoos, hair color, or jewelry
How to Enforce the Rules
Dress code rules can exist in your company for multiple reasons. For example, in a manufacturing environment, loose clothes can be a safety concern. In a professional environment, your dress code is about making the right impression on clients or customers. It’s okay to enforce the rules, as long as you do so properly.
Enforce rules across the board for everyone. Be careful not to violate any regulations that supersede your dress code policies. For example, you can’t create discriminatory policies that disproportionately affect minorities in the workplace.
Addressing Individual Employees
When an employee does violate your dress code policy, it’s important to handle it appropriately. Never call out an employee in front of the entire team. If you do that, it could be perceived as bullying by the employee in question.
Instead, take them aside and explain to them clearly how they are not in compliance with your dress code. You can offer for them to go home and change or simply do better the next day. You don’t need to resort to any disciplinary action unless the situation does not resolve.
Summer Dress Code Policies
Your dress code is unique to your company. You’ll need to decide how to create a policy that fits your company culture. If you’re a casual company, the dress code will be very different from an office where employees are expected to dress professionally.
Some common summer clothing options for the workplace include:
- T-shirts without graphics
Inappropriate summer clothing could be flip flops, shorts, or athletic wear. Whatever you choose, be sure to make a clear statement in your employee handbook and regularly reinforce your policies.
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