Unless you work for one of the handful of surviving Internet start-ups, wearing vintage Pumas and a Def Leppard T-shirt to work may no longer cut the mustard. According to the â€œAmerican Industry Dress Code Survey,â€? a national poll of 201 senior executives at companies with over $500 million in annual revenue, more than half of large businesses (56 percent) maintain a business attire policy â€” that means a suit and tie for the gents and a suit or dress for the ladies. What's more, the study, conducted by the New York City-based Men's Apparel Alliance between November and December 2001, reveals that of those companies with a business dress code, 19 percent have reinstituted their policy within the past year. Think this reeks of the Old Boys Club seeking revenge upon the minions? Perhaps, but the companies have their reasons. Respondents in the survey predict that a switch from a casual to a professional business dress code could result in an average 3.6 percent productivity gain for their company. Says James Ammeen, president of the Men's Apparel Alliance: â€œThe executives surveyed believe a professional image can translate into improved work ethics and growth in overall productivity.â€?
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Percent of senior executives stating: â€œWhen employees dress in a business suit or professional business attire theyâ€¦â€?
|Project a better image||70%|
|Are more likely to be noticed||68%|
|Tend to command more respect||60%|
|Feel more confident||49%|
|Appear more organized||46%|
|Are more likely to get promoted||22%|
|Source: Men's Apparel Alliance|