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Casual Friday

Published: Friday 3rd March 2017

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Relaxing the office dress code on a Friday is now almost universally accepted. It’s seen (depending on where in the company organisation you are) as a soft job perk, a reward for a week’s hard work, a pre-celebration of the weekend ahead, and a boost to morale.

While it might not be one of the top job interview questions from a candidate, a quick job search across jobs on Zoek shows a surprisingly high number of jobs that specify a dress code, one way or another.

Historically it started as a marketing ploy. Begun in the 1960s in Hawaii as a means to encourage use and sales of the Aloha shirt, it slowly spread across the US and was reinforced by Levi’s in the 1990s to boost sales of docker’s khakis. Now, even some top CEOs are never seen out of t-shirts and jeans. We may well have passed peak suit wearing.

Studies show that job seekers do take it into consideration when choosing a company; naturally, there is an employee-age split with regards to attitude to casual office wear. Many will agree that there should be a limit to just how casual one can get. If your office deals with the public or high-end clients, you need to project professionalism. Like many things, there is a happy medium that can be struck: dress shirts without ties, suits without jackets. Ultimately, it’s a reflection on yourself: just because the dress code is relaxed on a Friday doesn’t mean you have to come to work in slippers.

While our Advanced job search doesn’t presently include a ‘Casual dress code?’ option, you can select from several useful options to help you find your ideal job.

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