Dress for Success in the Workplace

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Handling Inappropriate Attire at a Small Business

We all know inappropriate attire when we see it, and for an employer, it is an especially uncomfortable subject in the workplace. Knowing the right way to handle these situations while keeping your business running smoothly is difficult.

"Inappropriate clothing can be distracting and make a small business look unprofessional. Dealing with unprofessional dress can be awkward, but intervening tactfully is crucial." Continue reading this Houston Chronicle article, "How to Address the Inappropriate Dress of an Employee," by Melanie J. Martin to learn more about the ways small businesses can handle unprofessional dressers.

Consider Adding a Dress Code to Your Employee Handbook

Every company should have an employee handbook that includes a dress code, and as a business owner, you have the authority to dictate a dress code specific to your business. Of course, there are also legal considerations that your dress code needs to comply with.

"The authority to set dress codes belongs to you. However, employers need to be especially careful that dress code requirements do not run afoul of anti-discrimination laws." Continue reading this article, "Instituting a Dress Code That's Legal and Appropriate for Your Workplace," from the Business Owner's Toolkit, which discusses laws to be aware of, tips for creating a dress code policy for your handbook, and ways to deal with violations of your established dress code.

Rules for Dressing Appropriately

Of course, appropriate attire for the workplace varies by industry and company, but some general rules apply to everyone. It's important to know these fashion boundaries both so you can follow them and set a good example for your employees, but also so that you can identify exactly what is classified as inappropriate.

"With the introduction of casual Friday and the decline of the dress code, it’s hard to know exactly where the boundaries of workplace-appropriate end and workplace-inappropriate begin. Follow these 10 tips to make sure you’re dressed just right for the job." Continue reading this Forbes article, "10 Office Fashion Don'ts," by Leah Bourne to help you recognize inappropriate dress.

If you need more support or have any questions, we can help. We can give you advice and training to handle an inappropriately dressed employee. We have experts available to help you write a company handbook that includes a dress code unique to your business environment. Contact us today.

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