About three-quarters (74 percent) of employees think it's acceptable for both men and women to dress "more casually" during the summer, according to a recent report.
What does "more casually" mean? It depends on who you're asking. (Hint: Perhaps not surprisingly, men are in favor of women wearing less.)
More than three-quarters (76 percent) of women said strapless tops or dresses were out of place in the workplace—compared to just 55 percent of men, according to a survey done by Adecco Staffing. Four out of five women deemed miniskirts an office no-no, compared to three out of five men.
Men and women were in agreement on the most inappropriate clothing item: 71 percent of all employees believe flip flops should be reserved for the weekend (or the beach). A little over half said shorts are inappropriate. Just 31 percent were opposed to open-toed shoes.
The consequences of casual dress can be more serious than just the annoying thwack-thwack sound of flip flops. A study from Jackson Lewis, a law firm specializing in personnel issues, found among firms that implemented a dress down policy a 30 percent rise in flirtatious behavior, contributing to an increase in sexual harassment lawsuits. Tension and complaints (both official and unofficial) have risen.
What's your summer dress code policy?