Our company has a basic dress code, that is one of the things that led me to become a major user of Groupon coupons as an economical way to keep my wardrobe up to date. Having a dress code at work isn’t unusual; what is strange is how it came about. As aconsulting group we have highly qualified researchers, writers, engineers, managers, mathematicians, and economists, along with qualified support personnel. We started out as a team of specialists who worked well together and complemented each other’s strengths. As such we became recognized as a source of new ideas and creativity wrapped in a package sensitive to modern needs.
But somewhere things began stagnating. Finally, we met and concluded that our office atmosphere was costing us work performance, while its external appearance was costing us business. So the managers decided to establish a basic dress code. You can imagine how this was received by employees used to working in a free-wheeling environment. But management opted to implement this by volunteering to pay for each staff member’s initial new business wardrobe purchase using Grouponpromo codes or coupons to buy from Nordstrom. They offered each staff member a business suit or dress and accessories and shoes from Nordstrom to serve as the foundation for a new business wardrobe.
The new code still wasn’t received well by many on staff; several objected strongly. In a meeting with the most vocal opponents the discussion was heated until a manager said their entire professional success was being stunted by the “informality” they valued. As he put it, “they looked like a bunch of college kids being asked to work on projects assigned to professionals with graduate degrees” – which in fact many had. Earnings suffered because clients preferred those who “looked the part.” He then offered them the option to resign if the code was that objectionable.
Not long after this meeting the majority of our staff were dressed in the best business clothing available. And before long there was talk about the young up-and-coming firm who looked like Wall Street lawyers that could communicate with bankers and academia at the same time. The managers who bought those Groupons must certainly have felt they’d made a worthwhile investment. And even the staff seemed to walk with their heads a bit higher and a bit more spring in their step every workday.