For the past three years the company I work for has allowed wearing business casual clothing for office staff. However even though we are not public facing, they have now decided they want to return to formal dress so they have issued a new formal dress code. We have all now been communicated to about it and given a copy of the new office dress code. For male employees like me, it will mean rather than being allowed to wear a polo type shirt, a formal long sleeved collared shirt and a tie will have to be worn at all times.
We have a very good idea that the change of dress code is due to some employees taking advantage and going more casual than business casual, and the company has now decided they need to take action.
When we previously had a formal dress code, our manager then was never over strict about it, and there were some who did step a little outside of the boundaries. However the manager we now have has told us that the new dress code will be strictly enforced at all times, and she will be formally disciplining any member of staff if they attend work inappropriately dressed in anything outside of the dress code.
I’d say that whilst she is a very good ambitious young manager who keeps mainly to the rule, she is not normally over strict and she is easy to get on with, but to just inform staff that she will be formally disciplining anyone if they are seen not adhering to the new policy seems rather harsh.
The decisions on this may well have been passed down to her from higher management though I have a strong feeling that she herself favors the change back to a formal dress code so it could well be that she finds this the best way to ensure that staff strictly adhere to the formal dress code.
You may think differently to me, some of our staff feel that she is being fair by making it clear now that we will be disciplined for not adhering to the new code.
Tell me your honest opinion, is she being harsh or perfectly fair?