Published Date: 06/02/2014
By Reneé Watkins
Dress code trends in the workplace are often influenced by the economy. A strong economy often leads to more relaxed dress while a struggling to weak economy brings more formal attire. A recent survey provides insight into where employers currently stand on dress code.
The 2014 BLR Employer Resources study of benefits enjoyed by employees surveyed more than 2,000 employers across private and public-sector organizations, ranging in employee counts from below 250 to over 1,000. Industries included in this survey represented manufacturing, healthcare, finance, insurance, scientific and technical.
While the key focus of the survey was to rank the top perks provided by employers, Dress Code was one of the perks included by survey participants. As a number of questions regarding dress codes have come into CAI's Advice & Resolution Team in recent weeks, we thought the survey results regarding dress code would be of particular interest to our members.
Surveyed Employer Dress Codes
53.8% – Relaxed and Casual
36.0% – Traditional Business Attire Required
30.4% – Relaxed Dress Code during Summer Months (all employees)
13.6% – Relaxed Dress Code during Summer Months (employees with no customer contact)
10.0% – Very Relaxed
<1.0% – Strictly Suits
More than 70 percent of companies surveyed offer “dress-down” days such as “Casual Friday” to employees who are not meeting with customers.
As to the key purpose of the survey – Paid Holidays ranked as the top perk provided by employers. Rounding out the top five were Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, Short-Term Disability and Paid Vacation.
Among the atypical benefits offered by surveyed employers were: Financial Planning Assistance, Legal Assistance, Wellness Programs, Flextime and Commuter/Telecommuter Options.