Workplace dress codes are going casual and employees claim it makes them more productive
It's official, offices are going casual. Seventy-eight percent of employed Americans say their offices are getting more casual.
A poll of 2,000 full-time and part-time employed Americans discovered over half (54 percent) have seen a shift in the dress code at their jobs towards a more casual style.
In fact, 57 percent work at offices that incorporate casual Friday's into their business.
The study conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Samuel Hubbard examined the workplace attire and overall attitude around the office of 2,000 full-time and part-time employed Americans and uncovered over half of those studied (51 percent) reveal they frequently participate in casual Fridays at their offices.
Eighty-two percent are in agreement that feeling comfortable in their clothes allows them to be more productive at the office.
It turns out, a whopping 71 percent of those studied say being in casual clothes allows them to feel more accomplished throughout the day because they can focus on the work at hand instead of thinking about how uncomfortable they are in an outfit.
But, that's not all that Americans enjoy when it comes to how they dress at the office. Sixty-five percent of those studied say being uncomfortable in their clothes at work hinders their productivity.
In fact, 56 percent of those studied reveal feeling comfortable in their clothes is a major contributor to their confidence at the office.
And that's not all that adds to an employee's confidence on the job. Fifty-four percent reveal having comfortable shoes helps them maintain their confidence at the office while a further one in nine reveal wearing a suit or dressing for success allows them to generate the confidence necessary to get their jobs done efficiently and effectively.
It's no surprise then that 59 percent say dressing for success really works -- with 43 percent revealing they wouldn't be able to do their jobs effectively if they had to wear more conservative clothes.
As the average American is likely to dress casually four days out of the week -- 57 percent of the average Americans weekly wardrobe is casual.
One in eight reveal they'd rather have a casual dress code at the office than get an extra $5,000 towards their salary.
Spokesperson for Samuel Hubbard stated: "Comfort is paramount in today's ever increasingly busy world and it's not surprising to hear that some even value comfort over compensation. But the days of lugging around a "work" shoe while wearing a "commute" shoe are behind us (we'll save those moments for our favorite 80's movies). At Samuel Hubbard, we want to make stylish shoes that fit perfectly and make you feel great. We obsess over every detail so that we can guarantee our shoes feel amazing right out of the box. We make the hard choices and we sacrifice nothing so our customers can have it all. With Hubbards, all you'll need is one pair for the office and for everywhere."
That being said, when it comes to a job interview, casual dress still isn't the norm. In fact, 73 percent of those studied still think it's important to wear a suit or something professional to a job interview no matter the dress code of the business.
And 67 percent consider dress code an overall important factor when looking for a new job.
Spokesperson for Samuel Hubbard added: "We hear comments like this from our amazing customers every day. Wanting comfort doesn't mean you should be forced to wear sweatpants and sneakers and our customers thank us for giving them an option where they can have the best of both worlds. We've created stylish work shoes that feel just like a sneakers.
We take our shoemaking seriously. Our shoes are handcrafted in Portugal. We choose construction methods that impart great flexibility and comfort and we scour the globe to find the best materials. That way, our customers can adventure everywhere in perfect comfort, whether that's for work or for fun."