Employers will use dress and appearance standards to create an employment “brand” for who they are, their culture and their values. As society becomes more casual in its dress standards, employers can find that instituting a dress code will not only draw resistance from some employees, it can land the company in the middle of a religious discrimination lawsuit.
Personal hygiene issues and personal behavior in the workplace can be a problem. From bad breath, too much perfume or people who don’t like to take a shower on a regular basis, these issues range from annoying to debilitating for those exposed to them. Here is the first part of an article on dealing with these issues.
As 2007 comes to a close, what were the topics of most interest to our readers? You might expect that pay issues would be popular but how about sick leave and mistakes that get federal employees in trouble? Here is a listing of our top 20 articles in order of their popularity. The most popular articles are listed first.
An earlier article on dress codes in the federal workplace generated many comments from federal employees. Here is a follow-up article to address some of the issues raised by readers.
Are dress codes an anachronism in federal agencies? Should employees be able to wear plastic flip-flops and tank tops when they come to work? Should agencies care about their public image? Here are several observations from a former federal human resources professional on the subject.
It may be a surprise to managers in federal agencies but most readers in a recent survey think a dress code for federal employees is a good idea.
Should there be a dress code in federal agencies? Does a dress code have an impace on public image or productivity? Take the latest FedSmith.com survey and share your opinion.
An HHS facility recently won a case before the Federal Service Impasses Panel that is likely to have a ripple effect through other agencies and unions.