I’m thrilled to join the ranks of SocialFish’s inside industry bloggers! MemberClicks and my first contribution was about an issue near and dear to my heart: the casual workplace and “dressing for the job you want.”
Here’s a quick preview:
“ Fortunately I never wanted to be Batman. Unfortunately my career goals changed year to year and now as a social media pro, I haven’t been able to pick out anyone out of a crowd or high up in a company and say, “I want to get to that person’s job eventually” much less emulate their dress.
Enter the casual work environment. My career stepped down in formality over the years, starting in a very business-like environment, then downgrading in dress code to, “We try to dress nicely around here but nobody’s going to say anything if you come in wearing jeans two days a week.” After leaving that environment I started with MemberClicks which is a straight-up casual work environment, to the point where someone dressed in business casual wear inspires questions about court appearances and when customers are visiting.
Don’t get me wrong. The dress code here isn’t due to laziness, but the genuine desire for employees to be comfortable and happy. I’ve learned that policy works on me. When I get up and get ready for work, it takes me exactly 20 seconds (the time it takes me to check the weather and my calendar on my iPhone to make sure I don’t have any appointments with anyone outside the office) to decide what to wear.”