The Importance of a Summer Dress Code Policy

Whether due to the heat or the laid-back atmosphere of summer, many employers find that their implied “business casual” dress code seems to go out the window this time of year. While every employer surely wants their employees to feel comfortable while at work this summer, in the absence of a written dress code, you may find that your employees’ warm-weather wardrobes are overly casual and borderline inappropriate for the office.

At a minimum, employers should have some written dress code in their employee handbook which they should review to make sure it covers appropriate seasonal attire. Better yet, employers should post and distribute a summer dress policy to all employees to remind them of the dress code rules and guidelines for this time of year. This way, employees are sure to know what can be worn, and more importantly, what not to wear.

The goal of a summer dress code should be to achieve a balance among employee comfort, health, safety, and business needs. If you want to implement a casual day such as the ever-popular “Casual Friday,” be sure to include this in the written policy and set forth with specificity the types of clothing that are permissible and impermissible on casual day.

Click here for a sample summer dress policy that can be tweaked to address the needs and feel of your company.