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Work attire and pubic sector employees

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Discussion Time
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malcindebtmalcindebt
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Discussion Time
I was in the pub earlier having a quick half after just finishing work.

A friend of mine walked in shortly after and we started to chat.

He said he had just finished work and like me fancied a quick half before going home for tea.

What puzzled me was that this friend of mine was in 'casual' clothes yet I know he works for the tax office, so I assumed he had already been home and changed. He then told me that those were the clothes he went to work in.

I'm absolutely shocked.

As a public servant I assumed that he would have to dress for work in suitable attire, i.e. a shirt, pants, tie and shoes, not casual jeans, polo shirt and trainers.

He's not in a face to face position with the general public, he works in the back office but still I cannot believe that working in the public sector they are allowed to wear what they want to work.

So the question is:

Should all civil/public servants be made to wear smart office dress, i.e. shirts and ties for men, smart suits/office dress for women?
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  • foofi22foofi22 Forumite
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    Bowler hats for men too
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    malcindebt wrote: »
    I was in the pub earlier having a quick half after just finishing work.

    A friend of mine walked in shortly after and we started to chat.

    He said he had just finished work and like me fancied a quick half before going home for tea.

    What puzzled me was that this friend of mine was in 'casual' clothes yet I know he works for the tax office, so I assumed he had already been home and changed. He then told me that those were the clothes he went to work in.

    I'm absolutely shocked.

    As a public servant I assumed that he would have to dress for work in suitable attire, i.e. a shirt, pants, tie and shoes, not casual jeans, polo shirt and trainers.

    He's not in a face to face position with the general public, he works in the back office but still I cannot believe that working in the public sector they are allowed to wear what they want to work.

    So the question is:

    Should all civil/public servants be made to wear smart office dress, i.e. shirts and ties for men, smart suits/office dress for women?

    I used to work for a Government minister. Dress code was smart when the House was sitting, and casual (unless involved in external meetings) during recess. I personally couldn't care less what a back office employee wears. They are probably earning around £20k per year. A full work wardrobe probably isn't necessary.
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    malcindebt wrote: »
    I was in the pub earlier having a quick half after just finishing work.

    A friend of mine walked in shortly after and we started to chat.

    He said he had just finished work and like me fancied a quick half before going home for tea.

    What puzzled me was that this friend of mine was in 'casual' clothes yet I know he works for the tax office, so I assumed he had already been home and changed. He then told me that those were the clothes he went to work in.

    I'm absolutely shocked.

    As a public servant I assumed that he would have to dress for work in suitable attire, i.e. a shirt, pants, tie and shoes, not casual jeans, polo shirt and trainers.

    He's not in a face to face position with the general public, he works in the back office but still I cannot believe that working in the public sector they are allowed to wear what they want to work.

    So the question is:

    Should all civil/public servants be made to wear smart office dress, i.e. shirts and ties for men, smart suits/office dress for women?



    No. No they shouldn't.
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  • OP dont be shocked in 1975 my very first job was with the inland revenue,my mum bought me a new suit shoes the works,when i got there on monday morning 90% of the staff were dressed very casually,mostly in jeans and t shirts
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    I like my GPs to be smart, there are so many young doctors dressed in jeans and T shirts it's hard to tell them from patients.
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    Why force people to waste money on clothes they'll only ever wear to work if there's absolutely no need for it?

    If they're clean, all the essential bits are covered and there's nothing offensive written on their clothes I don't really care what anybody wears. A doctor in jeans is still a doctor, a bank manager in flip flops is still a bank manager.
  • Why on earth do we still have such a Victorian hang up about what a person wears to work?

    If it does not affect their ability to do the job, then there's no issue IMO.
    The atmosphere is currently filled with hypocrisy so thick that it could be sliced, wrapped, and sold in supermarkets for a decent price and labeled, 'Wholegrain Left-Wing, Middle-Class, Politically-Correct Organic Hypocrisy'.
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    Considering a back office job could involve crawling under desks and connecting computer networks, moving supplies or furniture, no, I don't think that you need to wear a full skirt suit and stiletto heels.



    Adopting a monkey suit doesn't make somebody better at a job - I think the wannabe management types in shiny ones and spouting pretentious twaddle are a good example of this. They're a bit all fur coat and no knickers, as they've mistaken superficial image for ability.


    I do think the rules should state whatever is worn must be clean, as should be the owner. But other than that, it doesn't matter what they wear.
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    TBH I prefer someone in casual clothes, it's less "stuffy". In the same way I like first names, none of this Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms malarky. Anyway if someone is in a back office it doesn't really matter what they wear, and so long as they are clean and tidy, and can do their job it doesn't matter what they wear for customer facing either IMO. I'd prefer a s**t hot doctor in a sarong, than an bumbling idiot in a suit! :D
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