Casual dress improves productivity, says survey

Survey reveals younger workers want advice

Dressing for success now means putting on a pair of khakis, according to almost half of Canadian office workers responding to a recent survey.

The 2001 Dockers Style Survey found that 49 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement, “I’m more productive at work when dressed in casual or business casual clothes.” Thirty per cent disagreed, while 19 per cent did not respond.

And 75 per cent of those surveyed agreed that business casual dress is here to stay.

The national survey was conducted by Thompson Lightstone & Company on behalf of Levi Strauss & Co. (Canada) Inc. The respondents were 492 Canadian full- and part-time employees who worked in an office environment.

The survey also revealed that “Casual Friday” has become “Casual Everyday” in many workplaces. Fifty-three per cent of respondents answered that they wear casual attire at least four times a week to work.

One interesting statistic for HR professionals who are considering implementing a dress code: 44 per cent of respondents under age 30 said they would welcome advice on what style of clothing is appropriate for the office.

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