He sought to beat the heat; he ended up beating the dress code
On Monday, call centre employee Joey Barge posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing shorts – he said that if women can wear skirts or dresses to work, then maybe shorts should be passable. Not surprisingly, he was sent home less than an hour later to change into appropriate work attire.
But instead of donning trousers, he decided to return to the office in a bright pink dress.
If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so? pic.twitter.com/UD0AQ6ZCbP— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017
Barge thought he would be immediately sent home. But the company changed its policy instead, and allowed men to wear ¾ length shorts in the office, in light of the “extremely warm temperatures.”
What looks better pic.twitter.com/aj7S4sPrtJ— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017
“They said it was a bit too colourful and asked if I wanted to go home and change because they were letting us wear shorts because of my ‘protest’ – but I said I was happy to stay,” the 20-year old told the Daily Mail.
Partial win? pic.twitter.com/SKh1WcbcR4— joey (@jBarge_) June 19, 2017
“While many of us will welcome the sunshine and warm temperatures this week, working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous,” said Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O’Grady. “Obviously shorts and flip flops won’t be the right attire for all workers, but no one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of appearances.”
The TUC is seeking a change in the law to introduce a new maximum indoor temperature, set at 30°C – or 27°C for those doing strenuous jobs – with employers obliged to adopt cooling measures when the workplace temperature hits 24°C.
How to manage a creative workforce
PwC abolishes employee dress code