Casual Dress Code for Manufacturing and Industrial Settings

Introduction: Casual Dress Code

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Your Company's objective in establishing a casual dress code is to allow our employees to work comfortably. Yet, we still need our employees to project a professional image for our customers and clients who visit.

Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the workplace, these guidelines will help you determine what is appropriate. Learn more about casual dress in this dress code that differentiates between clothing for industry and manufacturing and clothing for the office.

Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports contests may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work. Sundresses, casual capris, dance club dresses, and midriff bearing tops are examples of clothing not appropriate in a manufacturing work setting or office.

Clothing that reveals excessive cleavage, back, chest, feet, stomach or undergarments is not appropriate for a business setting.

Even in a casual manufacturing work environment, clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable. All seams must be finished. Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to other employees is unacceptable. This includes images that are political or religious in nature, are sexually provocative, use profanity or are insulting of other employees.

Clothing that has the Company logo is encouraged.

Sports team, university, and fashion brand names on clothing are generally acceptable. Use common sense when wearing clothing that has words on it; people are easily offended by words.

Dress Down Day

Fridays have been formally designated by the Company as a dress down day. Certain other days may occasionally be declared as dress down days.

On these days, jeans, sneakers and a more casual approach to dressing, although never potentially offensive to others, are allowed. All rules about the acceptability of clothing listed on the next page apply on dress down day.

Conclusion About the Casual Dress Code: Manufacturing

This is a general overview of acceptable work attire. Items that are not appropriate for work are listed, too. Neither list is all-inclusive and both lists are open to change. The lists tell you what is generally acceptable as work attire and what is generally not acceptable as work attire.

No dress code can cover all contingencies so employees must exercise a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional casual attire for work, please ask your supervisor or your Human Resources staff.

Dress Code Details

The following are the specific expectations of the casual dress code for work. This dress code differentiates between manufacturing areas and office areas in the dress code.

Slacks, Pants, and Suit Pants

Manufacturing areas:

  • Slacks or pants that are similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, jeans, bib overalls, and nice looking athletic pants are acceptable. Gauchos and capris are acceptable. Pants that are below the knee with finished edges are allowed.
  • Inappropriate slacks or pants in the plant include sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, shorts, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking. As a general rule, shorts or pants that are above knee length are not allowed.

Office areas:

  • Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, and nice looking dress synthetic pants are acceptable. Dressier gauchos and capris are acceptable in the office. Pants that are below the knee with finished edges are allowed.
  • Inappropriate slacks or pants include jeans (except on dress down days), sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking. As a general rule, shorts or pants that are above knee length are not allowed.

    Skirts, Dresses, and Skirted Suits

    • Casual dresses and skirts, and skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable, or skirts at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public are acceptable.
    • As a general rule, dresses and skirts that are above knee length and that do not allow bending are not appropriate. Short, tight skirts that ride halfway up the thigh are inappropriate for work. Mini-skirts, skorts, sun dresses, beach dresses, bathing suit cover-ups, and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate.

    Shirts, Tops, Blouses, and Jackets

    Manufacturing areas:

    • Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, nice looking athletic tops, and turtlenecks are acceptable attire for work.
    • Inappropriate attire for work includes tank tops; midriff-baring tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans; halter-tops; and tops with bare shoulders.

    Office areas:

    • Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, nice looking athletic tops, and turtlenecks are acceptable attire for work.
    • Inappropriate attire includes tank tops; midriff-baring tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans; halter-tops; and tops with bare shoulders.

    Shoes and Footwear

    Manufacturing areas:

    • Loafers, boots, dress heels below 2 inches high, athletic shoes, and leather deck shoes, as examples, are acceptable. Thongs, flip-flops, clogs, slippers, sandals, and any shoes with an open toe or open heel are not acceptable in the plant.

    Office areas:

    • Conservative athletic or walking shoes, loafers, clogs, sneakers, boots, flats, dress heels, and leather deck-type shoes are acceptable for work. Wearing no stockings is acceptable in warm weather. Flashy athletic shoes, thongs, flip-flops, slippers, and any shoe with an open toe are not acceptable in the office. Closed toe and closed heel shoes are required in the manufacturing operation area.

    General guideline:

    • Closed toe and closed heel shoes are required for safety reasons in the manufacturing facility. Shoes that enclose only part of the heel or toe are not acceptable in the manufacturing facility. For safety reasons, heels over two inches high are not acceptable in the manufacturing facility.
    • Shoes with a closed toe are required in the office.

    Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne

    Should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Remember, that some employees are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so wear these substances with restraint.

    Hats and Head Covering

    Hats are not appropriate at work. Head Covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.

    Conclusion

    If clothing fails to meet these standards, as determined by the employee’s supervisor and Human Resources staff, the employee will be asked not to wear the inappropriate item to work again. If the problem persists, or is especially inappropriate, unprofessional, and/or offensive, the employee may be sent home to change clothes and will receive a verbal warning for the first offense. All other policies about personal time use will apply. Progressive disciplinary action will be applied if dress code violations continue.

    Please wear clothing and accessories that will project a professional image of you and the company for both visitors and coworkers. Wear:

    • Attire that is clean, safe, and in good repair.
    • Clothes that are not sexually provocative.
    • Clothing that does not draw undue attention to one’s self or create a distraction for other employees.
    • Clothing that will not be offensive to other employees.

    Disclaimer:

    This sample policy is provided for guidance only. The provided information - policies, procedures, samples, examples, and guidelines - while authoritative, is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality. While I make every effort to provide and link accurate, legal, and complete information, I cannot guarantee it is correct. Please seek legal assistance, or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources, to make certain your legal interpretation and decisions are correct.

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