Come se contasse davvero

L’abito non fa il monaco? In certe occasioni purtroppo ancora sì. In questo interessante excursus di Fast Company si ripercorrono le conseguenze di alcuni formalismi che arrivano da lontano e che arrivano ai giorni nostri obbligando ancora alcuni ad alcune tenute di abbigliamento ligie a dei protocolli non scritti.

Mi rendo conto che questo si ritiene quantomeno necessario per taluni mestieri. Ad esempio se entro in un hotel mi aspetto che il front desk sia munito di una qualsivoglia divisa, benché per svolgere quel tipo di lavoro non sia necessaria. Eppure ancora così è.

Personalmente non ritengo possa mai essere una discriminante. Il mio contributo e valore non andranno mai di pari passo a come mi vesto. Tuttavia i bias a cui siamo sottoposti quotidianamente pregiudicano molte volte il modo in cui vorremmo uscire di casa al mattino.

Now, of course, almost anything goes, thanks to the rise of young founders commandeering successful tech companies, an increase in both remote work and flexible hours, and the freelance economy. Hoodies, soccer slides, and graphic t-shirts that were once only seen on evenings or weekends are now de rigueur for those spending long hours in front of a computer screen. Flip-flops are more frequently spotted on the feet of office denizens in the summer as employers encourage their staff to “come as they are.”

Even Goldman Sachs announced earlier this year that it was revamping its dress code to be more casual. “Part of the rationale for the change might have been that Goldman was trying to attract a younger and more diverse workforce, and suits may send unintended messages about hierarchy and inclusiveness,” says Scott Young, managing director of Client Delivery at CultureIQ.

There are, however, limits to these wardrobe freedoms. A recent study found that nearly half of managers said they were concerned employees dressed too casually, while 32% of supervisors named “too much skin” as one of their biggest issues with the way employees dressed—perhaps indicating that we’re in for another seismic shift in the way we dress at work.

LifeAndrea Contino