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    IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    A third have “received unwanted comments about their appearance at work”.
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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    I don't get stressed about it. I wear what I want within the guidelines of the company I'm working for at the time.

    Only one thing I refuse to wear and that's a tie. Mainly because I haven't worn a tie for years, since an EU directive came in saying you couldn't make employees wear one.

    There's also stuff about the tie being a symbol of the employee's subservience to their employer, like a leash thing, but I only trot that out when people mention me not wearing one. Me wearing a tie wouldn't make me any better at doing my job, in fact it would be a hindrance.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Sounds like it's a slow day at Clickbait Distribution Network Inc..... #FirstWorldProblems #GirlyProblems #WhatToWear

    Most of the country will have you wear shirt and tie, especially post-Brexit.
    We're supposed to, but most of the Engineers just wear polo shirts and slacks, chinos or some weird corduroy cargo pants type stuff, usually with shoes any colour other than black.

    I'm supposed to as well, but since lazing around in my bike leathers was frowned upon, I resorted to wearing company branded field kit... which is basically blue polo shirt and cargos, with black leather combat boots (which is the only type of footwear I have owned since I was 13).

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Last place I used to work was just a pit of coders wearing mostly jeans/t-shirt. I didn't mind it but did feel slobbish.

    I work for a bigger company now, nice shirt, trousers, cufflinks, occasional tie - didn't cost a fortune but I feel like I'm making a good impression, and the only stress I have is if I haven't ironed my shirt the night before.

    Dress down Fridays, seems fairly standard.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    I dont work in IT, I work in broadcast. Quite rare to have any kind of uniform.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Cusotomer facing - wear a tie. Not facing customers - no tie. Doing manual work - overalls or other equivalent. Self employed - whatever you want so long as it doesn't lose you business.

    Or follow company policy if available.

    Pointless drama is pointless.

    That said I once worked for a company, not IT, who had it passed down from on high via my manager about the length of my hair (when I had hair ffs..). I asked if a similar comment had been passed on to any of the female staff and heard nothing more about it again.

    This sounds more like a way for that jobsite just to get their name mentioned.
    Grab that. Get that. Check it out. Bring that here. Grab anything useful. Take anything good.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    I only get stressed when I never have to see a client but am expected to dress smart.

    Waste of time, money and effort to appease someone else who has to wear a suit.
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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Only met one company in my career with a dress code for IT day-to-day. With others you are supposed to wear something respectful when going on customer site or presentation, but other than that as long as you don't violate the law nobody cares.

    But rly, I refuse to wear ties and suit. Office itself is air conditioned, but in summer you are really hot in that when going to/from work, in winter you freeze. And after sitting 8hrs in a chair your suit looks like chewed up by a cow no matter what.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    No dress code pretty much wear what you want within reason, so normally I am in cargo trousers or cargo shorts, and a shirt often summery one like a toned down Hawaiian one or christmas themed ones atm.

    I certainly don't worry about what I am going to wear each day, just grab the next shirt out hte wardrobe

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Problem with this is "IT" is rather a broad field/description
    As someone who works in IT support, I dislike suit&tie or even shirt&tie, it might look smart, until you have to go digging round inside stuff, crawling under desks, going into those often grotty hidden areas most people never see.
    And then your nice clean shirt and trousers are filthy, your shoes get scuffed to heck and back and dangling tie can be an issue getting in the way.
    Combats/Cargo are good, they have pockets, more than once I've had my hands full of pc&monitor while my pockets are full of relevant cables & mouse.
    Combat boots, great although they can be a bit clompy.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    I'm a senior engineer. I'm wearing a Splatoon/Powerpuff Girls t-shirt.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    I dont work in IT, I work in broadcast. Quite rare to have any kind of uniform.
    Friend of mine is IT app support for Viacom/MTV. He has to wear a proper suit!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Combat boots, great although they can be a bit clompy.
    Get the 1980s model Boots Combat High, nice and slim, low-profile sole, lightweight leather and soft like slippers but tough like.... well, old boots, really. The mkII ones have a padded tongue, as well.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Wear black (overdyed - it hides the stitching) jeans and black leather trainers with a plain shirt (not tshirt). From a distance you look like a smart exec, but it's comfortable and suitable for crawling under/over desks

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Get the 1980s model Boots Combat High, nice and slim, low-profile sole, lightweight leather and soft like slippers but tough like.... well, old boots, really. The mkII ones have a padded tongue, as well.
    Altama or Wellco US jungle boots are my favourite, they fit my feet so well. unfortunately the US scrapped multiple boots in favour of a single pattern combat boot, so now they are far harder to get cheaply.

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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Ahhhhhh poor IT people having to wear restrictive clothes.



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    Re: IT staff get stressed over workwear choices, says report

    Quote Originally Posted by Flibb View Post
    Ahhhhhh poor IT people having to wear restrictive clothes.


    Haha!

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