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Tough times leading to stricter dress-code policy at work

Monday - Feb 27, 2012, 03:03pm (GMT+5.5)
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Melbourne -  Many employers in Australia have reportedly asked their workers to dress smart all five days a week in the wake of global financial crisis, thus bringing an end to their casual Friday policy.

Global recruitment company Hays asserted that many of its biggest clients had told staff to suit up or ship out.

“The GFC has changed things for employees and they are having to sharpen up,” News.com.au quoted Hays regional manager Lynne Beggs as saying.

“Dress-down Fridays are certainly not as common as they used to be. The feedback we constantly get from clients is that for those people who are serious about their careers, what they wear to work is important.”

AMP economist Shane Oliver said that because of the uncertain economic times people were dressing more formally as they were worried about their jobs.

“There has been a trend away from casual wear in the workplace, and the tougher economic times lead to more formal dress,” he said

“Much of the dressing-down trend started with the IT sector in the 1990s, but as that declined many thought what is good for the IT sector is not appropriate for the broader industry.

“It is not surprising companies are encouraging their employees to dress up,” Oliver added.

Accounting firm Ernst and Young spokeswoman Katherine Meier insisted that the company had never allowed casual clothes on Friday.





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