Additionally, only half (53 per cent) of UK directors now allow staff to wear casual dress
on certain days, such as dress-down Fridays, illustrating that the smart suit cannot be written off as 'old hat'.
Accipiter can't explain the change, especially because casual dress
in her opinion "has been an overwhelming success.
It's an unspoken double standard that shouldn't exist in the workplace, and also one that business casual dress
codes are eliminating by leveling the playing field.
Hypothesis 4: America's Best Companies to Work For will be significantly more likely to contain references to a casual dress
policy on their corporate Web site than will America's Biggest Companies.
Many cultural changes drove and contributed to the spread of business casual dress
, turning it from a trend to the norm.
More and more firms are allowing some form of casual dress
at work at least part of the time.
A recent survey of business travelers finds that more than 50% of bosses approve of business casual dress
every day, and for 55% of business travelers it is the preferred style both in the office and on the road.
A third of workers say a casual dress
code would boost productivity and nearly two thirds feel it would ultimately make them happier," he added.
In the latest issue of bmibaby's inflight mag, Rio extols the virtues of Manchester eaterie Rosso, saying: "The vibe is nice and relaxed, with a casual dress
code which I like.
Today would also have been the wedding anniversary of Ian and Helen, but Dave reports that the occasion will be marked by a jazz band, casual dress
, many smiles and no tears, in keeping with the wishes of the respected and much loved Holy Island resident.
There are no casual dress
days at our company, and there never will be.
It was also alleged Mr Hossick had "thrown a tantrum" when staff had requested a casual dress
day and called other staff "Shrek" and "Buzz Lightyear".
Moreover, 75% of the American public and 63% of employers said that their employees consider business casual attire to be a privilege (something they are allowed to do) rather than a right (something they are entitled to), debunking the notion that casual dress
has become an employee benefit since the trend took root in the mid 1990s.
More than twice as many companies (37 per cent) now allow casual dress
in the office all the time when not meeting clients.
Other changes included establishing a dedicated Work/Life department, initiating flexible work arrangements and a casual dress
policy, and developing innovative child-care initiatives.