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not just fridays: more companies embrace casual dress codes

by:QiMeng     2019-09-06
Goodbye suit and-line skirts.
Hello, Polo shirt, kha pants, and even blue jeans.
More and more companies are turning to a more casual clothing culture.
Not just Friday.
This week, Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs announced the relaxation of the dress code.
According to an internal note released on Tuesday, in order to move to the workplace of a \"more casual environment\", the company said the new policy would allow more \"flexible\" clothing.
\"Goldman has a wide and diverse customer base around the world, and we want all of our customers to feel comfortable and confident with our team, so please dress in a way that meets customer expectations, \"The memo said.
The company did not specify what was allowed, but the memo said, \"casual clothing is not appropriate every day and every interaction is not appropriate. . . .
We all know what is in the workplace and what is inappropriate.
\"Given that companies such as Goldman Sachs are competing with Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies for talented employees, the move may not be surprising, home of hoodie and other casual clothing.
The investment bank is not the only company to make a change.
Just last week, Virgin also relaxed the dress code.
The company confirmed that it no longer forced female flight attendants to make up.
They can wear pants now.
In the past, female flight attendants could only wear pants if they made special requests.
This shift can be seen as a way to address the review of how women employees are treated in the MeToo era.
Mark Anderson, executive vice president of customer at Virgin Atlantic, said the changes occurred after the company investigated employee preferences.
The change in dress code, he said, will give the flight attendants \"increased comfort\" and \"more choices\" to express their personality.
Target also changed its dress code last month to allow employees to wear blue jeans.
While the company allows to wear jeans on holidays and weekends, all employees are now welcome to wear jeans on any day of work.
According to the Human Resources Management Association, more and more companies are turning to less formal dress codes.
Up to half of the companies surveyed by the group said they allowed casual wear every day.
This is an increase of 6 percentage points over 2017 and an increase of 18 percent since 2014.
As more and more young people enter the labor market, the habits of the workplace are also evolving to adapt to the culture of the younger generation who prefer casual wear.
According to the Pew Research Center, Generation Z and millennials make up 40% of the workforce.
Jamie Notter, a workplace culture expert, said that since millennials entered the workplace 10 to 15 years ago, the trend of casual dress code has been there.
This, he said, reflects a greater focus on employees rather than management.
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