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Dress Code

My office has a casual business dress code in place.  We are not allowed to wear jeans except for casual Fridays. 

There is a co-worker of mine who wears jeans every now and then, some days back to back...THEN...another one started doing the same thing.....should I ask my supervisor again if the dress code has changed?

 What would you do?

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  • I'd be super casual about it, but yeah, I would say something. What annoys me about people who abuse dress codes is that supervisors tend to not want to say something. But if they know others are noticing and questioning, it might move them to do something.
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  • My company has 2 sites. The larger site tends to follow the dress code more stringently (due to the presence of HR), but the smaller one is more of an anything goes atmosphere. People will regularly wear jeans on days other than Friday. As long as they're not meeting clients on those days, no one really makes a big deal out of it.

    Why do you want to bring it up with your supervisor? Do you want the code enforced, or do you want to be able to wear jeans on a random Tuesday?

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  • I would like to be able to wear jeans as well....just to be comfortable.

    Jeans is just easier all the way around.

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  • It sounds to me like your coworkers have taken it upon themselves to "fudge" the dresscode. I wouldn't speak to your boss or you're looking like a tattle tale. But I also wouldn't start wearing jeans more than you're supposed to.

    I worked in a "business casual" environment and a number of my coworkers wore jeans regularly, and after quite a while, some of those coworkers were reprimanded. Those of us who continued to stay professional remained in good standing in our boss' eyes and it was clear we were more in tune with what was necessary, especially for meeting with VIPs.

  • I would probably casually ask if the dress code changed like you said, without calling out anyone in particular. I'd also be careful to do it on a day that those coworkers were following the dress code so you don't look like a tattle tale. Becuase if it changed I'd want to be able to wear jeans sometimes, too.
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  • I wouldn't bring it up.  I have bigger fish to fry at work than concerning myself with the jeans that others are wearing.   I'm surprised that everyone else would say something.  To me this is such a non-issue and seems so petty.  If I were a supervisor I wold think, "Really?  This is what you knocked on my door to ask me?  Do you have that much free time on your hands?"

     But then, I get to wear jeans to work. 

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    It sounds to me like your coworkers have taken it upon themselves to "fudge" the dresscode. I wouldn't speak to your boss or you're looking like a tattle tale. But I also wouldn't start wearing jeans more than you're supposed to.

    I worked in a "business casual" environment and a number of my coworkers wore jeans regularly, and after quite a while, some of those coworkers were reprimanded. Those of us who continued to stay professional remained in good standing in our boss' eyes and it was clear we were more in tune with what was necessary, especially for meeting with VIPs.

     

    This.  And as another poster asked... don't you have bigger fish to fry?  I sure do. I might deviate from this if the people were meeting with customers and you think it is affecting the perception of the company.  

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