According to a study, workers consider crop tops, flip flops and cycling clothes unacceptable in the office – jumpsuits definitely banned.
A survey of 2,000 employees found that gym equipment, Crocs and hot pants are also not appropriate, as well as undershirts, sneakers and jeans.
Following the results, a quiz was created to see if you are guilty of a workwear faux pas.
It also emerged that 57% of workers have had a debate among themselves about whether or not an item of clothing is suitable for the office, and 4 out of 10 have even been questioned by a manager or colleague about their work attire, while 21% were sent home for wearing inappropriate clothing.
But 64% think their office gets too hot in the summer, leaving 57% struggling to maintain a cool temperature while conforming to clothing standards.
A spokesperson for Andrews Air Conditioning, which commissioned the research, said: “Summer and the workplace are always a tricky combo and it’s clear people are fighting amongst themselves over what to wear.
“The poll shows some interesting results on what staff think is and isn’t acceptable,” said the spokesperson, who singled out flip flops, trainers, shorts and overalls.
The spokesperson went on to say, “And if you’re going to work in your bike gear, many think it’s unprofessional to keep it on all day, just as sportswear isn’t allowed. .
“If workplaces were less finicky about temperature, it would be much easier for staff to decide what clothes to wear each day.”
The study also found that 77% lack office attire when working from home, but only 34% dress the same when working remotely as they do at their workplace.
Although 58% try to dress smarter if they need to interact with clients or clients, 38% think there shouldn’t be restrictions on dress code at work.
When it comes to body parts, 45% think shoulders shouldn’t be exposed in an office, while 49% think open-toed shoes are a health and safety risk, with 53% wanting to avoid exposure. to see a colleague’s bare feet. or the toes.
But 29% would gladly wear open-toed shoes during the summer.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that 57% believe traditional office wear will be phased out of the workplace over the next five to ten years; 23% thought it was already happening.
The Andrew’s Air Conditioning spokesperson added: “Work can be stressful enough as it is without being confined to an overheated office all day.
“Different workplaces also have different rules about what can and cannot be worn to look professional, which is more difficult than ever after the remote or hybrid work of the past two years.
“We hope to help take the stress out of feeling hot in the office and as a result be able to focus better on the task at hand and feel comfortable and confident in whatever workers wear.”
Top Items Works Thing is inappropriate for men to wear in the office
- Casual/sporty shorts
- gym equipment
- Cycling equipment
- Flip flops
- A vest
- A Christmas sweater
- Fitted shorts
- A T-shirt
- A casual sweater
- A polo neck / turtleneck sweater
- A V-neck sweater
The most popular items are not suitable for women in the office
- gym equipment
- crop top
- Flip flops
- Hot pants
- Tube top
- casual shorts
- Mini dress
- Mini skirt
Produced in association with SWNS.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.