Dress codes, this may be the most real evaluation you have ever seen for them. They can cover dress, tattoos, piercings, fingernails, hair on the head and face, footwear, etc., etc., etc. They are probably the most violated rules in most workplaces (followed by office theft of paper clips, rubber bands, and pens)—just on my own experience there. I have worked in places with dress codes that included uniforms all the way to no dress codes where they just want you covered. So let’s look at a few pros and cons of a few dress codes to consider for your real estate investment business or other business, whether you own it or just work there, and some insight (if you ever wondered about the point of view of someone who has worn pantsuits and sweats to work).
Uniforms first. These can be really easy on employees, because they know everyday what they are going to wear. This also gives your employees an established look, so customers can find help easily.* There are many businesses that you probably visit everyday that have a uniform policy in place. It is easy to look and find someone who can help you with whatever your needs may be when you get there. This is convenient for the customer and for the employee.
The problem with uniforms (these are only my experiences, so they may not apply everywhere) is that if your employee has to purchase these on their own, they will only get the bare minimum needed: two pairs of slacks and two shirts, for example. Working five days a week with eight-hour days, those uniforms have to be washed every other day. Now that doesn’t seem too hard to keep up with, but it can become that way. If a double shift happens and the employee forgets to throw it in the wash before they go to sleep for a couple of hours, then they have one of two choices: call in stinky, or come in stinky. I always hated to buy my own uniforms. It felt like I was paying the company to keep an image up that they wanted, and I had nothing to do with. I have always had a rebellious streak, though. Plus, when I was looking for a job, I needed money. I didn’t have the money to drop $80 on brand new clothes that would only cover two days.