Dress codes at work
The recent financial disaster at UBS brought another UBS story back into the news. Back in January a detailed dress code guide for UBS staff was leaked to much hilarity.
There was also advice on how to apply body lotion and perfume, on not eating garlic and not to have tattoos.
This was held up as an example of an organisation obsessed by detail and interfering in its employees lives.
I do know of many organisations with dress codes and in some ways it helps to have some clear idea as to what is expected.
I know when I started work at Aston University, I could not tell what was expected since some colleagues wore suits every day whereas others never did.
It didn't take all that long to work it out though because we all have to work out what the social norms are in our environment.
I have something of an interest in this because this sort of thing tells us quite a lot about corporate culture and how much trust managers have in their staff.
I wonder if anyone has examples they could share on this thread? The more ridiculous the better!
The UBS case is reported (amongst others) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12023033