First off, we at Plum were overwhelmed by the response to our Casual Friday survey. Over 2,500 customers responded so far, therefore we can confidently state some preliminary results.
Not surprisingly, 92% of you say that people are dressing more casual today then ever before. We received hundreds of opinions about why this may be a good or bad thing, but it is clear that the workplace has generally become more casual.
We were surprised to see how many respondents have Casual Friday; a full 50%. But not everyone likes it because there are hundreds of examples of how it has become ‘slovenly Friday’ for many employees.
It seems that since most of the week has become casual anyway, Friday has now drifted into a situation where as one customer put it, “…the jeans you wore for washing the dog that are faded and ripped, with the matching vintage Duran Duran tee-shirt with mustard stains from too many hotdogs makes one look like a slob, not casual.”
With all the examples of wearing faded jeans, yoga wear, and sweatpants in a Friday ‘free for all’ the most surprising result was that more employers are not strict with the guidelines! Less than 8% of employers who have Casual Fridays have a strict policy. Almost 60% have minimal guidelines, and 30% have absolutely no guidelines at all!
We will let you know more results in a couple of weeks so watch for my posts.
Now for some fun... Casual Friday gone wrong at The Office