When reading this article, I was shocked to learn that Virgin Atlantic only amended their uniform policy last year to allow cabin crew to wear trousers and choose whether or not to wear makeup! This should have happened years ago! Is this case with all airlines I wonder?
So we all recognise now that having a business casual dress code can boost productivity and engagement ; not all industries can offer this however - our emergency services for example.
But in SME's, it is far more common for a relaxed dress code. Within Gail Kenny Executive Recruitment, we are less worried about our appearance; we prefer to concentrate our energy on achieving great results and taking our performance to the next level. When required, we ensure that we tailor our dress code to that of a client or candidate meeting or a corporate event. But otherwise, we can wear whatever we feel comfortable in!
Over the past few years, the workplace has seen a drastic change in the way that employees dress. Whilst smaller companies may have embraced the shift to a more casual dress code, many major employers have been reluctant to move away from their traditions and have kept formal workplace attire. However, such overhauls of policies are now happening in the unlikeliest of places. For example, Lloyd’s of London. One of London’s largest and oldest professional institutions, which was founded over 300 years ago, has always maintained a strict work clothing policy. In fact, in the past professionals attempting to enter the premises without a full suit and tie have been turned away.