Write an essay proposing a Dress Code in your workplace.

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It is okay to wear shorts, flip flops, and show your tattoo on your stomach when going to the beach, but is this appropriate dress attire in the workplace? The answer to this question should be no. Companies have changed the dress code policy to reflect a laid-back atmosphere for employees to ensure retention. I would like to suggest that consider the business casual attire as a semi-formal dress code in our workplace from Monday through Thursday and casual dress on Fridays. Business casual dress has become the 21st century clothing attire in companies across America. Business casual dress promotes professionalism, increases productivity, and creates a safe work environment in the workplace.

The dress and appearance should always reflect the highest standard of professionalism. The appearance of the employees plays an important part in how the public perceives the company. In our organization, a business casual dress should be adopted.

Business casual means clothing appropriate for the office. It also means "dressing professionally, looking relaxed yet neat and pulled together" (Boer, 2001, para 3). The purpose of a business casual policy is to provide a comfortable work environment while still projecting a professional image. Representatives of the company should dress in an appropriate manner during work hours and while conducting company business.

Some casual attire is unacceptable in Corporate America (i.e., flip flops, gym shorts, and see through shirts). Casual dress codes can be misinterpreted and taken out of context. It allows the employees to have a laid-back attitude and sometimes this behavior could lack professionalism in the workplace. The employees' opinions do count and should be recognized; however, guidelines should be put in place for the professional image of the company. Companies have realized they have to lay down specific policies because employees may not have a clear understanding...