Declining standards in the scruffy workplace?

Something that I’ve noticed creeping back into the news recently is the declining workforce standards and the dress code debate.

Seems that whenever a ‘standards are slipping’ or ‘workforce motivation’ piece is aired, this non-argument pops up at some point. Firstly I find it really frustrating that this is portrayed as a black & white argument and secondly that there seems to be a continous stream of Captains of Industry who delight in apportioning the decline of workforce standards to dress code.

The only standards that seem to be declining here are that of reasoned debate. I have yet to see any commentator produce any proof that a) standards really are declining in the workplace and b) relaxed dress code has anything to do with it, if indeed they are. [Read more…]