Casual Attire a bit 'too' Casual

A new survey by Accountemps found that almost 40 percent of responding managers felt employees dressed too casually within the office on the days they could dress down.

The survey was conducted among 1,000 large companies in the United States, with a response rate of 150 or 15 percent. While 55 percent of respondents felt employees dressed appropriately, Max Messmer, head of Accountemps, feels the lopsided numbers clearly send a signal to employees.

He suggests, among other things, to observe managers' attire and emulate when possible--and appropriate. Second, consider your industry and third, understand the company culture.

What rules does your company follow regarding casual attire? Has it been your experience that allowing casual attire has proven beneficial to the attitude of employees or the level of production in your company?

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