As the workplace undergoes many changes, the dress code is one of the areas in which HR is confronted with a host of questions such as: Does the workplace allow only formal dressing? Does it allow semiformal dressing? Does it have a different dress code for different positions? And, as the Millennials enter the workforce, does the company allow tattoos and piercings from its employees?
Organizations should remove any ambiguity about all these issues. The ideal way of doing this is to make a formal dress code in a written form and publish it with the stakeholders, such as the employees and management. The absence of the dress code can lead to unnecessary quibbling between the management and the employees. Many employees may like to dress in a certain way which management might oppose. Where there is a clearly stated dress code, there is no scope for such misunderstanding or potential conflict. A written workplace dress code is also immensely useful where employees take the organization to court over this issue.
Given the importance of the dress code as a means to avoiding unpleasant confrontations between the employees and the management, it is necessary to understand the elements of a proper dress code that the organization will put in place. How do organizations understand the dynamics of a legally valid and compliant dress code?
This understanding will be offered at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas. Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the speaker at this session, which is being organized on June 10.
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At this session, Dr. Strauss will help participants explore the reasons and benefits for having a dress code for the workplace. The aim of this learning is to help promote a dress code that is reflective of the organization’s culture and which shows it in a positive tone. She will highlight the importance of instituting a dress code that is safe and comfortable for the employees. The topic of what is considered appropriate for different generations will also be taken up at this session.
Dr. Strauss will also take up and clarify on delicate issues such as tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols will be taken up for discussion at this webinar. she will cover the following areas at this webinar:
- Reasons to have a Dress Code
- Your rights as an employer to establish a dress code as a condition of employment
- What to include in your dress code?
- Defining business, business casual and casual
- Professionalism: customer contact positions
- Morale and respect among coworkers
- Safety: office and manufacturing positions
- Uniforms and logo wear
- Piercings, tattoos and hair
- Perfume and cologne
- Cultural and religious considerations and other exceptions
- Younger generation’s preference for informality
- When companies have been taken to court about “dress”: discrimination cases related to sex or gender, religion, or race?
- When does dress make a positive or negative impact on performance?
- Designing a policy which corresponds to your business.
About the expert: Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.
She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.