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It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime, Summertime Dre-e-e-e-ess Code

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Employee Relations, HR Documentation, Human Resources, Our Blog, Talent Management

summer dress code issues myHR BlogSummer is just a few weeks away. Here come the flip flops, sleeveless shirts, shorts, tank tops and other warm-weather gear on their long-awaited journey out of the back of our closets and into our daily wardrobes. Are you ready to don your summer outfits?

More importantly, do your employees know what is acceptable summer attire in the workplace?

While some businesses have a very relaxed workplace dress code year-round, many do not. Employers who assume that everyone is on the same page often risk having to deal with distracting complaints and uncomfortable situations as the season wears on and it becomes apparent that people may not even be reading from the same book when it comes to your company’s summer dress code. The best way to deal with this is to have a simple, yet clear dress code established beforehand that includes summer attire. And the best time to remind your teams of that policy is now. We particularly like the lay-it-out-early policy outlined in a great article on dress codes that appeared in Labor Law Center Blog:

Make sure employees know about the policy. While longtime staffers might know the rules, consider how you let new employees know. If the policy isn’t already written, include the details in the employee handbook and provide regular reminders to staff. Giving examples of the types of dress that would not be acceptable is important—particularly if your policy is fairly generic.

  • Conversation Tip: “Staff should be dressed professionally and appropriately for the workplace. Open-toe shoes, like flip flops and sandals, are not appropriate for our operations and are a safety concern.”

No matter how conservative or relaxed your office dress code is in the summer months—or any time of year, actually—clearly defining your expectations is one of the best ways to avoid the distractions or headaches that inappropriate attire can bring. Summer will be here before you know it, so if be sure to have your summer dress code ready for the change in weather.

(For a standard summer dress code template that you can adjust to fit your company culture, check out SHRM’s here. )

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