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Policies on dress codes and employee appearance have generally been left to discretion of employers and management. There are advantages for organizations to have a dress code so a certain image is projected. Organizational culture may play a role in developing a dress code that is appealing to employees, customers and clients.

More and more though, the workplace has become more diverse and as a result other factors must be taken into consideration such as an employee's gender, race, ethnicity, religion and disability. In addition, safety in the workplace must be considered in setting dress code policies. Other issues such as tattoos, body piercings and hair styles must be addressed when dealing with the contemporary employee.

Why you should Attend

Dress codes and appearance present sensitive issues for management when dealing with employees. By attending this training, attendees will learn how to develop policies that enhance the organization's reputation while complying with equal opportunity laws and safety requirements of the workplace.

Due to the increasing diversity in the workplace, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and disability have to be factored into dress code policy decisions. In addition, there are also positive reasons for dress code policies. These include professionalism, reputation as an organization and the creation of a team spirit.

The employer also wants to create a work environment that fosters productivity for its employees. This webinar will train those having responsibility for dress and appearance codes how to develop policies that comply with legal requirements, consider employee preferences, develop enforcement standards and reasonably accommodate protected classes of employees.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Attendees will learn the benefits of developing dress code policies that enhance its reputation with its employees, customers and clients
  • Participants will learn how to create dress code and appearance policies that are consistent with its organizational culture
  • Participants will be able to identify appropriate dress and appearance that honors a diverse workforce
  • How gender, race, ethnicity, religion and disability affect the development of dress code and appearance policies
  • How safety issues may impact the creation of dress code policies
  • Participants will learn principles in developing policies dealing with tattoos, body piercings and hair styles

Who Will Benefit

  • Human Resource Managers
  • Office Managers
  • General Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Customer Service Managers

Speaker Profile

Bob Churilla is a partner in a conflict management and organizational development firm, Conflict Resolution Professionals Group (CRPG). In addition, Bob is a Visiting Professor at a private University. Bob has worked with the United States Postal Service, Veterans Administration, Transportation Security Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a mediator and consultant. He has also consulted with local, state and private employers, government agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations. Bob has a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution and a Juris Doctorate degree.