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Navigating Dress Codes: What NOT to Include in Your Policy

Crafting a dress code policy for your workplace is essential for maintaining professionalism and upholding company standards. However, there are certain pitfalls to avoid when outlining acceptable attire. Here are the top things to steer clear of including in your dress code: 

  1. Gender-specific requirements: Dress codes should be inclusive and free from gender bias. Avoid stipulating different attire expectations based on gender.  

  1. Arbitrary restrictions: Beware of overly rigid or arbitrary dress code requirements that do not serve a legitimate business purpose. Employees should feel comfortable and be able to express themselves within reasonable guidelines.  

  1. Cultural insensitivity: Ensure that your dress code is sensitive to the diverse cultural backgrounds of your employees. Avoid imposing restrictions on attire that holds religious or cultural significance, as this can alienate or discriminate against individuals.  

  1. Body shaming language: Steer clear of language in your dress code that could be interpreted as body-shaming or discriminatory. Avoid specifying body types or sizes, and keep your focus on attire that is appropriate for the workplace. 

  1. Outdated norms: Reconsider any dress code rules that reflect outdated norms or biases. Embrace a modern & inclusive approach to attire that reflects the diversity and values of your organization.  

A thoughtfully crafted dress code should prioritize inclusivity, respect & professionalism. Did you know that A&A consulting can help you craft a modern dress code policy that will meet current legislation & best practices? Contact us today for more information.  


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