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My Boss told me to prepare a dress code for all the employee of the organization. Any Hints please? Does dress code really needed for an organization?
From Bangladesh
Dear Asifbd_2012,

There are many benefits of implementing a dress code policy, as well as several types of dress codes. Depending on the organization type along with its nature the dress code varies. The guise to benefit work culture is to create an atmosphere of professionalism. Mostly, the corporates are influenced by the business casuals.

- Business Casuals: These encompass a wide spectrum. This is self -explanatory.

For Women, slacks/skirts (knee length) or may also use business formals. Most indian companies recommend the women to wear chudidars with dupatta. At a classic fashion kurtis also auxiliarated to the list. During weekends plain tees with no provoking letters or phrases/ collared tees are best & preffered. Hair should be groomed properly.

For Men, business casual typically means khaki slacks and golf shirts. Some even wear ties in business professional meetings. Weekends with full jeans with tees which has no letters or phrases/ collared tees are best & preffered. Strictly NO flip-flops and tank tops.

As a rule most of the manufacturing, food and other related industries have sensetive products where a proper uniform is meticulated with hairnets to ensure standards of safety concerns.

Dress code policy should be clearily envisaged in the "Employee Handbook", exsisting employees & new joinees should sign as they understood & "to-be" followed as guidelines. Also an HR should ensure that this policy is not broken.

From India, Visakhapatnam
dress code is more important, it will be proud to wear as well maintains equality, easy access to work.
From India, Bangalore
yes you are right equality does matters "One in three says that having a dress code helps overcome equality issues in the workplace." According to organizations survey.
From India, Mumbai
Dress Code does not mean a 'Uniform'; it broadly defines the type of attire preferred for business meetings & 'what not to wear' inside the organization. Examples are: (i) Formal Dress (Suite/ Shirt & Tie/ Saree (for ladies) for Business meetings both within & outside the company premises. (ii) Chappals not to be worn by Gents.
At the workers level (or even at supervisor/ executive level) if a uniform is prescribed, the company has to cater for the same.
Dress code, in brief, is an exercise in 'image projection' & is the pride of many corporates.

From India, Delhi
Some employers face a battle from employees who believe they have the right to dress and groom in a way that suits their personality. This is true -- outside of the employer's operation. Burleson indicates that U.S. law strongly supports the rights of an employer to establish a dress code that aligns with their business activities. While individuals have a right to express themselves, so to do businesses, and the way your employees dress definitely sends intended or unintended messages to your markets.
From India, Bangalore
During implementing dress code in work place one should keep in mind the culture of the organization, workability, soberness and safety of the employee. For example no loose garment is allowed
From India, Delhi
Dear all
During British rule, all commonwealth countries had a dress code or uniforms
later the American companies felt that employee performance will increase when they
are comfortably, casually dressed. That was when the chairman of some of the company also wore jeans
"era of Jeans in the Board Meetings" and many employees came to work place in shorts
and there was no formal dress code.
In tropical country with high humidity, as of ours, the dress code should be suited to climatic condition
I see many MBA college students wear Blazer & Tie in summer where ambient temperatures are above 40 deg C
In my opinion the dress code in India should be formal shirt & pant for both men & women,
as an option women may wear chudidars with dupatta
In winter they may wear Blazers / Sweaters on chudidars with dupatta
Companies who want to enforce dress code, may go for "uniforms"
S N Rao

From India, Bangalore
Well no one gave the perfect answer because there is no hard and fast rule or purrrfecct answer to dress code , now let me tell you in my company i wear tshirts, jeans, chappals, also but no one tells anything, there is no dress code in our organisation and neither it is required. Just because i wear any dress does not mean you can do same and just because some person mentioned dress code is essential also does not mean that dress code is essential.

Now coming directly to the bulls eye Mr.Asif of Bangaladesh, you never mentioned what industry is yours and what type of people work there. Once you mention the type of industry and work that goes on there, then people will be able to suggest you. Also on your industry type you have to mention the severity of dress code, for some industries the dress is image as mentioned by Mr.Bhatia, so for mc donalds or airlines even a bit of compromise in dress code will not be tolerated, hence post your industry type and then take the custom reply of people dont follow any advice without thinking about your custom needs.

From India, Madras
@Kravi, I am working in a Private Telecommunication Company.
Dress code policy is an element that is related with corporate culture. Therefore, I believe It shouldn't be a hard and fast rule of an organization unless employees doesn't have sufficient knowledge on Organizational Behavior.

From Bangladesh
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