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Working from home: the rise of robes and slippers

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Numerous workers are starting to head back into the office, while others are getting ready to work from home for a few weeks still. For the past few months, remote working has made us question the way we manage, the way we do team work, the way we communicate. This new way of working has made us rethink our schedule, routine, and workstation.

 But what about… our uniform? 

At home, most people leave their suits and makeup in the closet and opt for sweatpants, slippers, and dark circles instead (it looks great on you, I swear!). I say “most” because I know some of you out there still wear suits and high heels around the house in order to keep somewhat of a normal routine - I’m proud of you, really, but you’re a mystery I’ll never be able to solve. 

For those who have put aside the more “glamorous” side of their job, leaving remote work behind might seem like an impossible task. This is why heading back into the office might lead to a new standard of dress codes across many businesses. And we think that change might be a new normal that does everyone a lot of good. 

In our modern world, younger companies generally offer a more relaxed way of functioning, focused on more lenient practices and offering more liberty to their employees. Offices are more open, more casual. The atmosphere is inviting and aims to lower the pressure weighing on the team’s shoulders. 

This often comes with a more relaxed dress code. Jeans are allowed from monday to friday, ties are optional. High heels aren’t mandatory, to our toes’ pure happiness. 

It’s a similar system that could settle across numerous businesses in the next weeks or months. At home, many have developed more easygoing habits, and these might be hard to kick when heading back to the office. 

Of course, for many, paying close attention to one’s appearance is a crucial aspect of a company’s image. It’s a concept we learn in school or early in our careers, and we take it to heart for a long time. But now, working from home has highlighted the trivial importance that appearance actually has on your value as an employee. 

In the past few months, you’ve proved how effective you are as you work remotely, even without a tie, makeup, or underwear. This new way of functioning has allowed us to show that efficiency actually relies on the employee themselves, not their appearance (shocking, I know!). 

Changing a company’s dress code to make it more lenient could have numerous pros for a business. On the one hand, it can allow employees to feel more comfortable, whether it be in a suit or in sweatpants. This would help everyone’s morale, creating a more welcoming atmosphere. On the other hand, it can help change the way we approach work, creating an easier transition between “work” and “real life”. 

For companies still hosting “casual Fridays”, this is the perfect occasion to eliminate this concept of impatiently looking forward to the weekend. The goal is to enjoy each day, not to spend your time impatiently awaiting Friday's arrival. 

And you, what do you plan on wearing when returning to the office? No pressure, of course!

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Laurie Dumas-Ruel

Laurie Dumas-Ruel is the web editor for Hotelleriejobs as well as a fiction writer in her free time. She's worked in food service alongside tourists for years and loves to explore the different ways in which human resources and the food service, hotel and tourism industries intertwine.