Undeclared Weekend Dress Code Has Caught Up In Corporates

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Mark Zuckerberg is the torchbearer for many things in the industry. He has made working cool by creating an open culture at Facebook and making casual wear a norm at his company. This reflects the growing acceptance of weekend dress code in companies, as they look for ways to create a healthy and comfortable workspace and retain their best employees. 

Changing Times

The world of business is less formal than it was in the preceding decades. Employees are getting a lot of freedom from the rigid schedule of ‘office’. The tradition notions of work and office are being turned on its head as society accepts the need to maintain work life balance. In these changing times, what employees are allowed to wear has also undergone a sea change. While earlier, one could not think of going to the workplace in anything other than formal professional wear, today, casual wear is becoming an acceptable part of the corporate life. 

Start-up culture

The rise of start-up culture all over the world has contributed to casual becoming the new formal. These start-ups are generally launched by youngsters, even freshers, straight out of college, who do not conform to traditional way of doing things. In fact, the whole idea behind the start-up culture is to disrupt the hold of rigid traditions and find newer ways of doing things. These youngsters are creating comfortable spaces for individual expression in the workplace rather than conformity, because they believe that new and path-breaking ideas will arise only when employees are given the space to think and express themselves freely.

Shift in corporate culture

The corporate culture itself has become dynamic these days. Employers seek to provide the best working conditions to their employees and don’t mind giving them their space, as long as it does not affect their productivity and helps retain them. Also, a lot of them offer work from home to their employees, which is again a disruptive move to improve work -home balance. In this scenario, formal wear is being dispensed with in favour of the more comfortable casual wear. While most companies allow employees to wear casuals on weekends, some of them leave the choice of attire- either formal or weekend dress code to their employees.

Reduces productivity

Even as an undeclared weekend dress code becomes acceptable, there is a belief that it reduces an employee’s productivity. Dressing casually could lead to an employee feeling less focussed and alert. The argument is that workplaces are not areas to get comfortable in or relax. So, a professional attire reflects the seriousness and sense of purpose. On the other hand, casual wear is more comfortable and not suitable for official spaces. The workplaces are supposed to be different from home. And, therefore, formal wear should continue to be the norm at workplaces. 

Young employees changing the game

Indian workforce is a young workforce. Taking cue from international standards, these youngsters look for perks on top of their pay while deciding which company to join. Flexibility in attire is also looked at as a perk by them. And employers are only willing to meet this demand. In an employee- driven market, casual attire is also seen as a sign of good economic times, whereas the monotony of formal wear is associated with tough economic times.

Better to define what to wear

As a company, it is better if you clearly define what is acceptable and what is not. The companies need to be specific with their dress codes. The dress code reflects the ethos of the company, so it is up to the company to educate its employees and bring them on the same page. 

Undoubtedly, an undeclared weekend dress code is catching up in the corporate sector, with a young generation joining the workforce and demanding flexibility and space to work in a comfortable environment. 

 

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