Young Australians consider quitting smoking rather than wearing casual work clothes
Young Australians are fighting for their right to dress comfortably, with 34% of millennials saying they would consider quitting their job if their employer forced them to dress professionally again, according to recent research.
According to recent research, a more casual dress code is one of the hallmarks of working from home, with tracksuits, pajamas, sportswear and UGG boots suddenly becoming acceptable work wear.
But as more people return to work in the office, a growing majority want to retain some aspects of remote working.
A study by sportswear brand Lululemon last year found that 76% of people said they performed better at work when they were comfortably dressed, while 70% hoped casual clothing would become more common in the workplace. of work.
According to the Lululemon study, 88% of adults also wanted their employers to recognize that the quality of their work was more important than their clothes, while 83% had more respect for companies that allowed casual clothing.
A University of Sydney paper in February looked at “Covid casual” dress habits during the pandemic, with authors Dr Briony Lipton and Sulagna Basu finding work dress has changed in the age of remote working.
“Even before the pandemic, many dress codes in the workplace were gradually shifting to business casual, with collared shirts and pants, blouses and skirts, and a widely accepted casual leather shoe,” the report said. .
“Since Covid, workers have turned to more informal and comfortable fashion alternatives, including leggings, sweatpants, t-shirts, sweaters, slippers and trainers.”
The report’s survey found there was a ‘definitive’ change in attire while working from home, with greater change seen in sectors such as public administration and security, financial services and d insurance, and professional, scientific and technical services.
Lauren Rosewarne, associate professor of social and political science at the University of Melbourne, said it’s no surprise employees want to incorporate aspects of remote working into their workplaces.
“Obviously, we dress for expectations rather than comfort in the workplace…but when we’re on our own, we apparently prioritize comfort,” she told NCA NewsWire.
“Now that some people are returning to the workplace, I suspect they want to retain some of the things they enjoyed about working from home…they like the comfort of being able to work in less formal attire.”
Ms Rosewarne said more casual clothing allows employees to express their personalities rather than being restricted by dress codes.
“If you feel like you have to wear a suit or business attire, it almost looks like a uniform and you don’t dress for your personality either,” she said.
“I think depending on the industry, I imagine some people think it’s another burden to perform in the workplace.”
She also said employees are in a good position to make these demands due to the state of the labor market and lessons learned during Covid.
“I think employers are going to have to be a bit flexible on this because the job market is pretty good and a lot of employees need incentives and incentives to return to the workplace. One of them could be a less restrictive dress code,” Ms Rosewarne said.
“I think there was a lot of mistrust from employers that if you worked from home you would somehow slack off.
“Covid has taught us that in most cases people are working harder at home; it’s just that you work differently.
“This lesson that Covid has given about productivity, I think, also gives employees more bargaining power because they’re able to demonstrate that wearing pajama pants or working from home three days a week doesn’t matter. impact on productivity.”