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I am wearing jeans!

Kudos to my employer, and I really mean it. I believe they have found the one way to boost morale, that doesn’t cost a thing! We have “Casual Everyday” from now until Labor Day and we are allowed to wear jeans.
I never really understood the US dress code for employees. It was a bummer from day one - I can’t wear jeans to work? Impossible!
I understand that for some customer contact and for certain types of jobs, people have to wear attire that is a little more formal, but in all honesty - those people know, they don’t need a dress code. And if they don’t, there are bigger issues. For the majority of employees at my company there is no need to wear anything else.
Now, since corporate morale everywhere in the US is down, my company has sent out a company wide update with the new dress code that is in effect until Labor Day in September when it will be reviewed again. I am so happy!
On the other hand, that brings up a new question - why does it make me so happy that I can wear jeans. I am not a formal dresser, I actually wear mostly pants that are cut like jeans anyway but made out of a different fabric. But somehow, jeans is just a whole different world.

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3 Responses to “I am wearing jeans!”

  1. Michael on June 8th, 2009

    Ich weiß warum: http://tinysong.com/4Rbm.

  2. Judy Jenner on June 8th, 2009

    Good for you, and good for your employer — instant moral booster at zero cost. Why don’t more companies do it?

    Interestingly enough, when I was in e-commerce, we could wear whatever we wanted (the initial dress code was “clean”), but I still showed up in cute dresses and high heels every day. Go figure: just made me feel good.

    Agree with you: the dress code for non-customer-interacting employees in the US is a lot different from Europe. My friends from abroad are always amazed that I used to have to wear a black suit when working in casinos on the weekend when it’s 100 degrees outside!

  3. Susanne on June 10th, 2009

    @Michael: Thanks for that - I should have blasted it over the intercom on Monday!

    @Judy: Yeah, I am having fun here too. We had an engineer from Switzerland transfer here and he was running around in jeans for a week or so. No one told him, until I said something to him. He just looked at me like I am insane and asked me not to say anything so he can pull off the “I am foreign, I don’t know any better”.
    I don’t really need fancy clothes to make me feel good - jeans are fine by me any day :-)

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