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GM CEO Mary Barra’s two-word dress code still applies

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Back when General Motors CEO Mary Barra was in charge of human resources at the automaker, she revised the multi-page dress code to two words: Dress appropriately.

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Why is this important: Now that people are slowly returning to the office, there is confusion. Many have become accustomed to elastic waistbands; we haven’t buttoned or zipped the pants in a while. There are big questions: Are sweatpants acceptable in an office? What if they were called joggers?

  • My editor (a queen, obviously) said I could wear anything to the Axios office. But there are other managers who are confused, reports the WSJ. Dress codes are now “the elephant in the room of every workplace right now”, one told the newspaper.

State of play: Time spent outside the constraints of the office has given people the freedom to realize they don’t need to cram into a tight pair of shoes to do their job, accelerating a years-long trend toward office wear. more relaxed.

  • “Dressing the way we wanted revealed that there was no downstream cost to flexing our idea of ​​professional dress,” said Erica Bailey, who holds a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia Business School and co-author of an article on pandemic attire.

And after: It’s all up in the air right now, but Bailey said letting workers figure out what’s appropriate makes them more authentic and, therefore, more engaged at work. “There are so many benefits,” she said. (I recommend you send it to your boss.)

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