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Infographic: Are dress codes really a myth in tech companies?



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When we think of tech companies and dress codes, the common perception is the casual sweatshirt, jeans, and sneakers. This is thanks to business leaders like Mark Zuckerberg as well as shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley.

But, according to a recent survey by BambooHR, the reality is that 40% of tech organisations adhere to a business professional dress code.

The survey of over 1,000 U.S.-based employees at small-to-medium tech organisations also revealed that 42% have a business casual dress code, and only 14% have casual dress codes.

It was also worth noting that 55% of respondents believed their dress code is exactly what it needs to be, and only 11% indicated theirs is too formal or restrictive.

That said, these dress codes aren’t always followed. Among the HR respondents polled, 15% indicated their organisations don’t enforce it while 16% reported their employees don’t follow the dress code.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly half (49%) said they feel it’s more important for members of HR to follow the dress code as compared to other employees.

At the same time, 43% of HR professionals believed HR is primarily responsible for enforcing the company’s official dress code. Another 35% felt it’s upper management’s responsibility and 22% thought it’s the supervisor’s responsibility.

Scroll through the infographic below to view the full findings.

Infographic / BambooHR
Lead photo / 123RF



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