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BET2014 - Understanding Dress Code Ethics in the Workplace

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Fatin Afifa

on 14 April 2013

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BET 2014
BUSINESS ETHICS Dress codes are sets of regulations governing what is and is not appropriate attire for a given setting or event.
Offices set a specific dress code in order to create a perception of professionalism.
Dress code ensures the conformation to the prevailing organisational culture and present the correct image of the company to the third party - agent / customers / suppliers. INTRODUCTION DISCUSSION OF ISSUES GENERAL
REQUIREMENTS Standard dress code devoids an employee of his or her creativity and comfort
Dress codes promote a sense of unity amongst staff and contribute to company's brand
Building a good reputation with other stakeholders of the company.
Clients see attire as a sign of professionalism
Dress codes help ensure staff spend more time thinking about work and less on appearance
Dress codes can help reduce or mitigate power conflicts PROs Nik Fatin Afifa
Irna Melissa
Abbas Khair
Muhammad Nazir
Noor Izza Farhana Understanding Dress Code Ethics in Workplace - Officewear Employers should ensure that any dress code
meets the following requirements:

It is related to the nature of the job
It does not discriminate between the sexes
It allows compliance with cultural/religious beliefs where possible
It accommodates the health and safety requirements of the workplace
The set standards are realistic and justifiable.
The code or policy is applied consistently to all employees There are some common issues raised from this matter, which are:

Religious discrimination
Race discrimination
Casual wear
Inappropiate office apprearance
Sex stereotype
Body piercings and tattoos Employees may become resentful at being told what to wear
Staff may be unhappy if there is a substantial cost implication e.g. buying a suit
Dress codes may also be seen to limit freedom of expression.
Enforcing a dress code can also be time-consuming and can cause tension if staff have to be reprimanded for non-compliance.
Dress codes must always be fully compliant with employment law, adding to the administrative burden CONs RECOMMENDATIONS Establish a writen dress policy.
Give an oral warning in private on the day of the deviation by reiterating the dress policy.
Send employees home to change clothes or home for a day without pay.
Pay a stipend to cover the cost of maintaining the company dress code if necessary
Emphasize the importance of dress in promoting a positive company image to customers.
Keep up with the times so that business's view of what is appropriate for business dress stays current. DOs & DON'Ts
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