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Time Magazine Not Down With Flip-Flops in the Workplace

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Time Magazine’s Lisa Takeuchi Cullen writes about how business casual is ambiguous in American culture.

Clothing chaos has led many employers to simply give up. The number of companies allowing workers to dress casually every day dropped from 48% in 2004 to 37% in 2007, according to human resources trade group SHRM. And the trend has left corporate America a sartorial mishmash. At opposite ends of the spectrum are Lehman Bros., which has reinstated its daily-suit mandate, and IBM, which has tossed its famously conservative dress code altogether. Last summer the U.S. Commerce Department banned employee flip-flops. This summer Texas A&M University is urging its staff to dress “comfortably” so the school can ease up on air-conditioning.

[Taken from Time Magazine]

Cullen makes it clear that she’s not down with flip-flops at work. I don’t know if I’ve really seen it enough (I’ve never worked in a corporate office) to have an opinion on it. I guess it’s kinda nasty if you ain’t got purrty feet.


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