The Dress Code Debate: Pantyhose and Flip-Flops
Worried about discussing dress codes with the employees who work for you? The Association of Corporate Counsel has an option in the form of a free phone message entitled: Flip-Flops at Work? Not for Everyone.
The script advises employees to avoid revealing, scruffy or tight-fitting clothing or attire that would be worn to the gym or beach. It also includes a hypothetical example of an employee who went to work wearing a Blue Oyster Cult T-shirt, flip-flops and torn jeans. The listener is asked to indicate how many policy violations he engaged in.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) considers the great debate over whether women need to wear pantyhose to work. The newspaper writes that bare legs are common even on conservative Wall Street and at business events.
Jim Holt, president of Mid American Credit Union, changed his hose-are-required policy just last week. He explained his decision to the newspaper this way: “I didn’t want to be so old-fashioned that people would be like, ‘Do you require corsets, too?’ ”