Ask HR: Does my boss have any authority over how I choose to dress at work?

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What you need to know:

  • Consider raising your grievances with your HR colleagues. It is important to be specific about what needs to be adjusted or changed concerning the new dress code.


  • Are you able to raise the issue directly with the MD? Seek to understand the thinking behind her memo. Indicate what you find excessive or unfair in the new dressing requirements.


  • Unless she took a drastic measure, it is unlikely that it requires everyone to overhaul their wardrobes in order to adhere to the new guidelines. 

Our MD has issued a memo discouraging certain dress styles at work. She said that working from home has made employees comfortable wearing anything they like which is not good for the company. Should a company tell me what to wear?

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