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					                   Implementing a Conservative
                         Business Dress Policy




                                     for MetroBank


                                     Patricia Sykes
                                      Consultant

                                      April 3, 2008
SPL Strategic Solutions
Management Consulting and Training
Consultant On Call for You




                       Patricia Sykes
              404 555-8000 404 555-3800 (fax)
                  psykes@consulting.com
                   View this presentation at
                 www.spl/consulting/metrobank

        SPL Strategic Solutions
         Management Consulting and Training
Trend from Casual Back to
Conservative Business Attire
 Rapid Growth of Business
 Casual Dress During 1990s

                  1992       1999


Companies with
                   24%        95%
dress-down days


Extent casual      72%       40%
dress allowed      One day   Every day
Downside of Dressing Down

• Relaxed manners, morals, and productivity
• Increased on-the-job flirting, harassment,
  tardiness, and absenteeism
• Confusion over appropriate casual dress
  resulting from unclear dress-
  down policies
The Way Back to Conservative
Business Dress

• Slowing economy linked
  to overall lack of
  professionalism
• Formal dress code
  reinstated in the Bush
  White House
• Many large businesses
  returning to formal
  business attire
• Fewer companies offer
  casual dress policies
Analysis of Conservative
Business Dress


   Advantages            Disadvantages

• Improved attitudes    • Additional wardrobe
• Increased               expenditures
  productivity
• Enhanced image
• Greater versatility
• Increased respect
  for women and
  minorities
Isn’t a guess
with business
professional
    dress
Clear Policy Sets Rule
for Acceptable Dress



Simple but
             In writing
  specific
                 and
                well       In agreement
             distributed   With Title VII
                           of Civil Rights
Sources of Information




   Brooks   Neiman   Dayton   Men’s
    Bro.    Marcus   Hudson   Wear-
                      Corp.   house
Guidelines for Successful
Implementation
• Access sources provided and consider
  consultant options
• Appoint an employee committee to
  recommend implementation guidelines
• Consider phasing the policy to allow
  employees to adjust wardrobes for full
  implementation
• Evaluate the success of the program and
  make needed changes
      Consultant On Call for You


                                           Patricia Sykes
                                             404 555-8000
                                           404 555-3800 (fax)
                                        psykes@consulting.com

                                     View this presentation at
                                       www.spl/consulting/
                                          metrobank
SPL Strategic Solutions
Management Consulting and Training

				
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