MENLO PARK, Calif., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Casual dress codes may cause clothing confusion for many professionals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. Although 56 percent of employees surveyed said they prefer to wear more relaxed work attire, four in 10 (41 percent) admitted they're at least sometimes unsure about whether clothing is office-appropriate. Nearly half (48 percent) would choose to eliminate uncertainty altogether by donning a uniform.
Workers were asked, "Which office dress code do you prefer?" Their responses:
Very formal (suit and tie)
Somewhat formal (dress slacks or skirt with button-down shirt)
Somewhat casual (khakis and polo shirt or sweater)
Very casual (jeans and T-shirt)
Employees were also asked to reveal something they've considered wearing to work but were unsure whether it was appropriate. Here are some of their responses:
"As work attire skews more casual, the rules about acceptable office wear aren't always clear-cut," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Besides following official company policies, employees should pay attention to the wardrobes of managers and colleagues. If you're uncertain about whether it's OK to wear something to work, it's best to play it safe by skipping it."
About the Research
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 390 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow the OfficeTeam Take Note® blog at roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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