Personal Appearances - The Changing HR Norms

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Case Code : HROB017 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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HR Practices and Policies
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1992 - 2002
Pub Date : 2001
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Society for Human Resources Management
Industry : Varied
Countries : USA


The case explores the changing trends in corporate dress codes the world over and the role of a company's HR department in this context. The reasons for the growing popularity of casual attire at the workplace since the 1990s, especially in the US, are examined in detail. The case also provides an in depth analysis of arguments for and against allowing casual dressing at corporate offices. The case concludes with a note on the ways of striking a balance between casual and formal attire and proposes an 'appropriate business attire.'


Issues and implications regarding personal appearances across the business world


  Page No.
The Dressing up Dilemma 1
Background Note 2
Moving towards Casuals 3
The Case for Casual Dress Codes 4
The Case Against Casual Dress Codes 6
Striking A Balance 7
Exhibits 10

Key Words:

Corporate dress codes, HR department, popularity, casual attire, workplace, 1990, US, analysis, casual dressing, corporate offices, formal attire, appropriate business attire

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