Dress Codes, Appearance and the Workplace
Bob Churilla is a partner in a conflict management and organizational development firm, Conflict Resolution Professionals Group (CRPG). In addition, Bob is a Visiting Professor at a private University. Bob has worked with the United States Postal Service, Veterans Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a mediator and consultant. He has also consulted with local, state and private employers, government agencies, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Bob has a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution and a Juris Doctorate degree.
This webinar, has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).
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Policies on dress codes and employee appearance have generally been left to the discretion of employers and management. There are advantages for organizations to have a dress code so a certain image is projected. Organizational culture may play a role in developing a dress code that is appealing to employees, customers, and clients. More and more though, the workplace has become more diverse and as a result, other factors must be taken into consideration such as an employee’s gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disability. In addition, safety in the workplace must be considered in setting dress code policies. Other issues such as tattoos, body piercings, and hairstyles must be addressed when dealing with the contemporary employee.
There is a growing debate about the pros and cons of the dress code. A difference of opinion even exists among employees that are either more experienced or are relatively new to a particular field. With the increasing diversity in the workplace, managers are required to take into consideration discrimination laws in developing workplace dress codes and policies while weighing dress policies and enforcement.
- Attendees will learn the benefits of developing dress code policies that enhance its reputation with its employees, customers, and clients
- Participants will learn how to create dress code and appearance policies that are consistent with its organizational culture
- Participants will be able to identify appropriate dress and appearance that honors a diverse workforce
- How gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disability affect the development of dress code and appearance policies
- How safety issues may impact the creation of dress code policies
- Participants will learn principles in developing policies dealing with tattoos, body piercings, and hairstyles
Course Level - Basic / Fundamental
Who Should Attend
Human Resource Managers, Office Managers, General Managers, Sales Managers, Customer Service Managers.
Why Should Attend
Dress codes and appearance present sensitive issues for management when dealing with employees. By attending this training, attendees will learn how to develop policies that enhance the organization’s reputation while complying with equal employment opportunity laws and safety requirements of the job.