Too tight or too loose: how does your dress code compare?

Dress code research
Are employees allowed to display their tattoos in your organisation?

Tattoos, beards and piercings are just three fashions that may have challenged employers’ dress codes. Trends that may have felt outlandish in the 1980s and 1990s may be relatively commonplace today.

XpertHR is conducting a survey of regulations, guidelines and policies that instruct employees on standards of dress and/or appearance and is looking to recruit new research participants.

Dress codes – big data

The proportion of employers who did not stipulate a rule about tattoos in their dress code.
Source: 2011 XpertHR dress code survey

Take part in the XpertHR dress codes survey

Completing this brief survey will entitle you to:

  • a complimentary copy of the summary report of our findings, as soon as it is published; and
  • a free copy of XpertHR’s model policy on dress and appearance, emailed to you on completion of the survey.

In addition, respondents whose data can be used in XpertHR survey analyses will be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of four £250 prizes.

The survey closes on 20 March 2015.

Research in 2011 into the types of dress codes used by organisations revealed that:

  • 35% of employers had a dress code that was “smart casual” or “business casual”;
  • 23% required suits or formal business attire to be worn;
  • 28% had staff who wore uniform or overalls; and
  • 9% had a relaxed dress code.

Prize draw terms and conditions: Respondents whose data can be used in XpertHR survey analyses will be entered into the prize draw, which will take place w/c 20 July 2015. The closing date for entry is 30 June 2015. There are four prizes of £250 each and the winners will be notified by email during w/c 20 July 2015.

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