Monday is quite infamous for being the worst day of the week. After the fun and frolic weekend, employees have to go back to the office in their unwanted formal attires. More like a pimple upon an ulcer. Formal dress code may look good upon one, but the person wearing it feels a bit uneasy. But now the companies are becoming more employee-friendly, and their perception is changing towards the dress code. Casual or business casual dress codes are being accepted or encouraged in many multi-national companies.

Hindustan Unilever Limited relaxed its office dress code and allowed the employees to wear smart casuals in office. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. let their workers wear business casual most of the time. The FMCG major changed their dress code policy, and now their employees could be seen flaunting jeans and sporty T-shirts. Employees at Mondelez India Foods are allowed to wear blue jeans or anything relevant on all working days. Dinesh Biddappa, the HR Director of the Dove Soap and Lipton tea maker, told the Economic Times that he had started wearing casual dresses like T-shirts on trousers to set the casual culture in the organisation.

Casual dress code makes employees feel at ease and gives a sense of freedom that motivates them to give their best shot at the workplace. The luxury of wearing casuals to office reduces the employee’s burden of getting suit up every day, which ultimately concentrates the whole of their potential towards the performance. One of the primary reasons companies allowing their workers to wear casual or semi-casual attires is the presence of a majority of youngsters in the workforce. Casual dress tone appeals to the young corporates, and it also helps in attracting more such young and talented candidates towards the company. It is considered as one the perks that the company offers to its workers.

However, it is difficult for employees to distinguish between the plain casuals and business casuals. So it is the responsibility of the companies to be particular about their dress code policy. The policy must clearly state which attires will be accepted under the casual dress code and that employees should follow the formal dress code for the client meetings and interactions.

Welcoming the casual dress code in offices is an innovative step in the interest of employees. The workers of the companies who have adopted this initiative have appreciated the efforts. And the companies who are still thinking in this direction are in the way of creating an employee-friendly environment.