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Most employees want a more relaxed dress code

24 April 2018

Most employees want a more relaxed dress codeMore than half of UK office workers are unhappy with their workplace dress code according to new research.

The survey of 1,000 workers, conducted by OnePoll for Banana Moon Clothing, shows that those in sectors where casual dress is the norm are happier about what they wear to work than those where more formal attire is required.

More than half (55%) of all UK office workers are unhappy with their workplace dress code; 17% of respondents said that they feel more productive when dressed casually.

Corporate industries are the least satisfied with their work uniform policy; and 82% of those working in the legal profession are unhappy with their smart dress codes.

Although 30% of workers think it is important to dress smartly at work, one in seven (13%) employees say they would happily wear slippers in their office if they were allowed.

When asked which other items they would like to be added to their work dress code policy, jeans came first with 44%, followed by trainers 37% and hoodies 22%. Other casual items that employees would like to wear to work include flip flops (17%) and leggings (15%).

Those sectors where staff are least happy with the dress code are: law (82%); information research (72%); transport (67%); retail (67%); and business (63%).

The happiest employees with regards to their dress code are in the following industries: media (78%); science (73%); charity (67%); energy (61%); and creative (59%).

Alex Grace, managing director at Banana Moon Clothing, said: "Work uniforms have changed dramatically over the years and there's now more pressure for companies to adapt to the increasing demand for casual workwear. It is important that work places listen to their workforce and come to a compromise where possible, which will hopefully lead to happier employees in the long run."

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