Three Great Reasons to Have ‘Dress Down Days’ at Work

July 30, 2015

Three Great Reasons to Have ‘Dress Down Days’ at Work

At People™, we don’t have a dress code. Why? Because we don’t really see the point. As long as our team members work hard (and they do!), then what does it matter if they’re wearing shorts and t-shirts, or even pyjamas?

Of course, not everybody thinks the same way, and many companies do have a dress code. And that’s fine – for some companies, it’s about bringing a more ‘professional’ vibe to the office; for others, it’s about branding; and for some, it’s even a matter of practicality (wearing aprons in a kitchen, for example).

Whatever your reasons for having a dress code though, we think that it almost always pays off to schedule a weekly/monthly/quarterly ‘dress down day’, where employees can turn up to work wearing whatever they like (within reason!). Here’s why:

1. It’s a Benefit that Costs Nothing

Everybody loves benefits and perks – you know, things other than a salary that make their job more enjoyable.

There are plenty of ways to deliver benefits and perks, and there is no particular ‘right or wrong’ way to do it. But having a ‘dress down Friday’, for example, is a fantastic way to give your employees that little bit extra – and it doesn’t cost you a penny!

2. Your People Feel More Like People

If there’s one thing almost everybody hates, it’s feeling like they’re ‘just another number’ at work. People want to feel like people – like individuals who have unique personalities, and who are valued.

Giving your workforce the freedom to break away from the drone of wearing the same identical clothes day-in day-out is a good way of telling them “hey, I know that you’re all real people – go express yourself a little!”.

3. It’s a Fun Way to ‘Shake Things Up’

Nothing shakes things up better than having one day that stands out from the rest – and a dress down day does exactly that.

And when a constant routine is interrupted, it can even help to get more ideas flowing – you never know, you might stumble across some of your best ideas and business decisions during a dress down day at work.

Does Dressing Down Make a Big Impact for Your Company?

Do you have a regular dress down day at work? If so, let us know how you handle it and what kind of results it produces by leaving a comment below.

On the other hand, maybe you disagree with everything we’ve said. And that’s fine, too! Let us know in the comments below – we love a good debate!


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