August 17th, 2012

Should employees be allowed to wear flip flops to work?

by Jacqueline Whitmore

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15 Responses to “Should employees be allowed to wear flip flops to work?”

  1. AdedayoBolarinwa on August 17th, 2012 10:53 pm

    NO, it’s so not official

  2. Karen Hickman on August 18th, 2012 2:52 pm

    Only if they work at the beach!

  3. Kathryn Johnson on August 18th, 2012 4:08 pm

    Absolutely not. This continued dressing down attire fosters an intellectual void that often results in poor productivity. Looking like a slob at work does not support a high level of excellence . Plus the fact most people have uncared for, disgusting looking feet which is totally gross.

  4. Maria on August 20th, 2012 3:27 pm

    The look is atrocious and never mind the annoying sound that they make, too. This can very annoying to fellow co-workers and clients, too. I was glad to see that at least one woman in the clip working in IT thought enough to dress well.

    Even some recent studies coming out are showing that we do better work when when we’re dressed better.

  5. Wendy on August 20th, 2012 4:35 pm

    Absolutely not, unless you happen to be a lifeguard. This could be linked (albeit loosely) with the traditional rule that open toe sandals should not be worn it in the corporate workplace either. Are rules from years ago still valid?

  6. Miguel Reznicek on August 28th, 2012 1:10 pm

    Women:
    No flip flops
    Perfume is ok
    revealing tops (its up to them)
    Light makeup is fine (better than nothing)
    No casual clothing
    (but they can bring their children if its not a habit to do so)
    Deodorant is a must

    Men:
    No flip flops
    No casual clothing
    Better if no piercings visible
    Clean shaven is better but mustaches or beards are ok if they look well groomed
    Perfume is ok
    Deodorant is a must

  7. Mike on August 28th, 2012 2:31 pm

    Absolutely yes. Even guys wear them (actually sandals)- with heavy socks in the winter- really (lol). If women can weaar short skirts, regardless of the previlaing fashion lenght in hemlines, or slit skits, then what is wrong wiht flip flops or sandals? Obviously, a good looking woman with nice legs will draw much more attention to her non business assets than a woman wearing flip flops or sandals. What’s the big deal? I don’t suggest these as a regular dress item, but in the summer on a hot day, they’re fine.

  8. Linda Riddle on August 28th, 2012 3:53 pm

    If you work in a professional office setting, then you should be wearing professional office attire, to include professional-looking business shoes. Flip flopsare definetly not included in that category of footwear.

    Your employer has every right to insist you dress professionally beacuse you are representative of their organization. Do you want to go places in that organization? Try dressing for the position you want, not the one you have. Neatness, good grooming, and manners stil count in getting you where you want to be.

  9. Darcy Rose on August 28th, 2012 4:04 pm

    No. Absolutely not. In a corporate setting, such as the one in which I work, flipflops would convey a message that you just don’t care, a message that what you do isn’t serious. Our company, a conservative financial services firm, has a very conservative dress code. I feel that this type of dresscode adds a sense of importance to what we do and certainly sets the tone for the interaction we have with our clients and our centers of influence. We take managing money very seriously and the way we dress helps convey that message. You can’t take someone wearing flipflops seriously – no matter how hard you try.

  10. Lucille Hume on August 28th, 2012 6:23 pm

    Greetings Jacqueline: No flip flops ever, and to comment on cocktail attire for business no cleavage , elasticized crotchless girdles passing as skirts with hooker highheels..

  11. Ray Mulvihill on August 29th, 2012 4:18 pm

    Business Etiquette is practical. Business Etiquette is about the other person and not about you. Flip Flops are neither safe nor practical. Flip Flops are about the person wearing them and not about people who have to look at them. Almost all the items on the list: torn jeans, revealing blouses, sweatpants, perfume, and so on are issues related to the self-ishness of people rather than other-ishness. Get with the program, folks. Consider the impact your behavior (and appearance, and aroma) has on others. Business dress is very conservative because it is about getting business done. Anything that distracts the other person from conducting business is either poor business etiquette or verges on poor business etiquette.

  12. Michèle Benza on August 30th, 2012 2:59 am

    Two words. Absolutely not!

  13. Jennifer Richardson on August 30th, 2012 11:58 pm

    Flip Flops at work. Absolutely not. They are unprofessional, sloppy, even dangerous footwear for work. Wearing flip-flops shows a total disrespect for your client, workplace, colleagues and yourself. Flip flops should only be worn in extremely casual settings such as BBQ, catching at home at the beach. PS in Australia flip flops are called thongs. When I called my dog sitter/girlfriend and told her my husband had found her thongs, she was horrified that he had found her undies. He had found her flip flops.

  14. Kathy Wolters on September 14th, 2012 4:00 pm

    I found the news anchor’s closing very disturbing. There is an abundant amount of research in the areas of family and consumer sciences, psychology and sociology that validates that how we look and dress ourselves makes a difference in our productivity. How we dress and groom ourselves affects how we think, how we act, and how we feel. Flip flops are dangerous and make an annoying noise. They are fine for casual occasions but, not on the job. They scream casual and not we are serious about business here. Personally, I don’t want to deal with seeing and smelling people’s feet.

  15. saralyn on October 22nd, 2013 3:37 am

    i encourage the women in my office to wear flip flops during warm weather.i know they just kick off their heels under the desk so its just easier to let them wear comfortable shoes.i myself wear strasppy sandals to the office and am usuually barefoot throughout the day

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