Yep, you guessed it….blazers/jackets and dark blue jeans.
The associates told me how they asked the leadership of the company to consider the change, how the leadership said “yes!” and how excited they all were about it.
Now, some of you just had a conniption (is that how you spell it??) thinking about your people sitting behind their desks NOT in suits or traditional “business attire,” but in jeans! And I can understand why you might have some heartburn just thinking about it.
BTW: This isn’t about jeans!
I don’t want you to get stuck on the issue of jeans, because really the “big picture” idea of this goes beyond jeans!
The three main points I want you to takeaway from this post are:
- The powerful message that was communicated to employees when the leadership of the company took the time to listen to the suggestion to change the dress code.
- The willingness of the company to take a risk (and a change like this always poses a risk!)
- The positive impact of a company culture that encourages people to be vulnerable, take a risk and suggest an idea that may not be well-received.
So, jeans may not work for your corporate culture and/or your resident profile and that’s okay! I’m not advocating that you change your dress code, or that traditional business dress is something that you should move away from. After all I wear suits for all of my speaking engagements because I know that is what my clients expect from me. But, for my previous company the reorientation of the dress code made perfect sense, considering their company culture, resident demographic and geographic location.
And again the point is, the leaders of the company thought enough of their people to listen and consider their ideas and then to implement it as well.
What kind of effect do you think that would have on an organization for associates at every level to know their listened to, that the environment is safe enough that they can take risks and that their ideas will be evaluated and given a “fair shake?”