We have a pretty liberal dress code policy at my workplace, but it didn’t always used to be this way. It used to be a place that only a coat and tie were worn. That’s right! Every day, ladies had to wear dresses and men had to wear a coat and a tie. Eventually the dress code loosen up a little, and everyone could wear dress pants/slacks and a tie. THEN it loosened up a little more, and folks didn’t have to wear the tie and it became business casual. And then, about six years ago, the ultimate happened. The new policy change to be one in which everyone could wear JEANS!
I wasn’t around when the coat and tie rule was in effect at my company. But I have heard many stories about it and how rigid and uncomfortable it made things be.
What I have noticed though at my current job (as well as other places I worked in which it was a “jeans” policy) is that many times people can take this policy too far. They come to work displaying things that are inappropriate on their shirts, they seem to not have even taken a bath sometimes (really?!?) and they act like having permission to wear jeans is permission to “wear anything”.
A Real Christian Businessman knows that he has to set an example for others not only in his speech but in what he wears. Jeans are obviously a great thing to be wearing to work and I am not saying to stop wearing them, but wearing things that are inappropriate or not taking care of one’s self is not the outline that God has for us.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor 6:19-20 (ESV)
How is your dress at work? If you are self-employed or work from home, when you go out to meet customers or leave your house do you look like you just rolled out of bed?
Use these words as encouragement today to be sure you are representing not only yourself but also God well. Others are watching us so let’s give them something appropriate to look at. 🙂
“Dress right. It always pays. It costs so little to be neat.” Dave Schwartz.
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