Sample Business Casual Dress Code Policy

Mary Gormandy White
Business casual dress

While business casual dress policies can boost employee morale and productivity, they can be a source of stress for supervisors and workers alike. Not everyone has the same understanding of what "business casual" really means, and what is considered acceptable for this style of attire may vary significantly among companies. Use the sample policy provided here as a guideline for creating a policy that clarifies acceptable attire for your workplace.

Creating Your Policy

Using the Sample

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Establishing Guidelines

While the sample policy has example text often used in business casual attire policies, everything in it might not be appropriate for your company. Use what is here as an example, making changes so that the finished document meets your requirements.

Consider what standards of attire make sense for your workplace when defining your business casual dress code, being sure that you provide guidelines for what is acceptable and specify items that are prohibited.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Some companies, especially those that are not customer-facing, let employees wear shorts and collarless shirts.
  • Others consider jeans with polo shirts or pullovers to be acceptable
  • Some consider jeans and collarless shirts to be too casual, instead requiring twill slacks or skirts paired with shirt that have collars.
  • Others intend "business casual" to be only slightly less formal than standard professional attire like business suits.

Time Restrictions

Your policy also needs to specify when this particular approach to dressing applies. The sample policy here assumes that the dress code applies all the time, but you can adjust it to cover certain days of the week, for example, by changing the name to something like "Casual Friday Apparel Guidelines." If you go this route, be sure to establish guidelines for attire on days that the casual dress code does not apply.

Clarify Expectations

Whatever your organization's take on what business causal really means, it's essential to have written guidelines establishing a business casual dress code. This clarifies expectations for employees and gives supervisors a basis for making fair decisions about what is - and is not - acceptable attire.

Policy Distribution

The policy that you establish should be distributed to all employees at the time it is adopted, and you should get each member of your workforce to sign a document indicating that they received the policy, as well as that they have read and understand the document. It should become an addendum to your employee handbook and be worked into the document the next time it is updated.

Sample Business Casual Dress Code Policy