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Employees Take Casual Fridays To Far and Employers Take It Far Too Seriously.

July 14, 2010

What can you do when you get distracted by what other people are wearing?  You know, like all 500 of the other people who you work with?  Well, you could simply focus more on your own work.  Or perhaps take the opportunity to learn something about yourself by considering the root of your distraction.  But no, that’s not what city officials did in Mansfield, OH.

City officials say they wrote a new dress code in response to employees abusing their casual Friday privileges.  The dress code bans “excessive” jewelry (Who’s the judge of that?  Is it measured by weight or inches?), the code also bans “loud” nail polish (Wait!  Is there a brand that amplifies drumming your fingers or key board clicks?  Because that would be awesome!).

If you’re going to go to the trouble of writing up rules for how individuals get dressed in the morning, the least you could do is be clear.  Because really, the City Clerk wouldn’t have worn all those bangles last Thursday if she had thought that it was “excessive.”

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  1. November 15, 2010 10:16 am

    I’ve had some experience with ambiguous dress codes myself. The end result is that no one really knows what is allowed. Some people get away with almost anything while others cower in fear of punnishment.

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