When you think of the financial district and accounting firms, you think of rows and rows of employees in suits and business attire. However, this notion is starting to change as more firms are taking a more casual approach to dress codes and company culture.

“Don’t be surprised if your accountant shows up to work in khakis and a polo shirt – or in jeans and a T-shirt. Even traditionally buttoned-up accounting and finance professionals are trading in their suits for more casual workplace attire,” says Allegra Nagler on Accounting Web.

In fact, very few firms still have a formal dress code. Following the lead of many other industries, many finance companies have taken a more relaxed approach to employee dress codes. This is one of the many ways they are starting to loosen up and create a more appealing organizational culture.

If your firm has yet to loosen up on the dress code, it’s something you may want to consider. A dress code does have an impact on company culture, and it’s one of the many things potential candidates will look at when determining whether or not your company is an organization they would consider working for.

4 Tips to Loosen Up the Dress Code

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By no means are we suggesting that you scrap the dress code and allow a free-for-all. Your employees still need to retain a professional image. Here are some tips to loosen up your company dress code and culture:

  1. Have management set the tone: Your managers are the perfect people to set the tone for a more casual environment.
  2. Be specific: Don’t leave anything open for interpretation. Be specific about the new dress code and expectations for employees. Included guidelines if possible.
  3. Baby steps: If you are not sure if you want to change the dress code or how informal you want to go, consider a trial run.
  4. Consider the situation: Depending on what employees are working on or who they are meeting with, you could provide them with some flexibility. For example, if they are working at their desk all day, then more casual and comfortable attire is okay. However, if they are meeting with clients or attending meetings, then they should dress more formally.

These tips can help loosen up the dress code and company culture and help it become a more inviting workplace that top candidates will consider.

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Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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