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Why HP's New Dress Code Policy Is Ridiculous

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This episode I talk about HP’s new dress code policy that was recently covered by the Business Insider. For those of you who have not heard about it, HP is concerned that customers that visit HP offices are going to get a negative impression about the company based on how employees dress. HP had a very casual dress code policy whereby employees could wear just about anything. With the new policy, men should not wear t-shirts without collars, women should not ear tight skirts, no shorts, torn jeans, open-toed shoes, hats or things on their heads, or too much jewelry, and more further explaining what this dress code should look like. Needless to say, there has been a lot of discussion and debate as you can imagine, and a lot of the HP employees are rather unhappy about this new policy. So, in this episode I add my voice to the debate. Of course, HP is completely within its rights to enforce any dress code they want. But, I think there are essentially two ways HP could approach this  side with the employees or side with the customers  which I go into detail about. I believe that if you want to be an organization where you encourage individual contribution, innovation and creativity, you should really allow employees to be themselves. My perspective is that this policy will cause some challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. You’ll recall that last year or so HP announced that employees have to come to the office and now they are introducing this dress code. It feels like while most forward-thinking and progressive organizations are moving forward, HP is starting to take steps in the opposite direction. In my opinion this does not really make much sense considering the direction they are going in, i.e., the upcoming split whereby HP will become two organizations. It remains to be seen what sort of impact this is going to have. Tune in for my full discussion and tell me what you think! ----------------------- ABOUT THE FUTURE IN FIVE The Future in Five is a regular video series where best-selling author, speaker, and futurist Jacob Morgan shares his ideas, insights, and commentary around the future of work in five minutes or less! Jacob Morgan is a keynote speaker, best-selling author (his most recent book is “The Future of Work”), and futurist. He explores how the world of work is changing and what employees, managers, and organizations need to do to adapt. You can also subscribe to Jacob’s newsletter to get weekly content on the future of work To work with Jacob or have him speak at your event visit TheFutureOrganization.com Link: http://www.thefutureorganization.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacobm The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders and Create a Competitive Organization: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1118877241/?tag=wwwwileycom-20 The Future Organization Newsletter: http://www.thefutureorganization.com/newsletter/