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Casual Friday

Today, at least for some companies, is “Casual Friday”, a custom that peaked during the dotcom heyday and more or less died off when the bubble burst. According to a 2003 survey on the Emily Post site, some 82 percent of employees thought it was a good idea. But many companies decided it was just more trouble than it was worth and eliminated it altogether.

I ran across this humorous list of memos from a fictional company at ABCs of Small Business concerning this very subject. To wit::

Memo No. 1: Effective immediately, the company is adopting Fridays as Casual Day so that employees may express their diversity.

Memo No. 2: Spandex and leather micro-miniskirts are not appropriate attire for Casual Day. Neither are string ties, rodeo belt buckles or moccasins.

Memo No. 3: Casual Day refers to dress only, not attitude. When planning Friday’s wardrobe, remember image is a key to our success.

Memo No. 4: A seminar on how to dress for Casual Day will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. Fashion show to follow. Attendance is mandatory.

Memo No. 5: As an outgrowth of Friday’s seminar, the Committee On Committees has appointed a 14-member Casual Day Task Force to prepare guidelines for proper dress.

Memo No. 6: The Casual Day Task Force has completed a 30-page manual. A copy of “Relaxing Dress Without Relaxing Company Standards” has been mailed to each employee. Please review the chapter “You Are What You Wear” and consult the “home casual” versus “business casual” checklist before leaving for work each Friday. If you have doubts about the appropriateness of an item of clothing, contact your CDTF representative before 7 a.m. on Friday.

Memo No. 7: Because of lack of participation, Casual Day has been discontinued, effective immediately.

And then there’s this…


Happy Casual Friday!

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 at 08:01AM by Registered CommenterDoug in | Comments7 Comments

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Oh you are bad to the core!

June 22 | Unregistered CommenterSara

That's what happened at our company. People got lazy and casual became sloppy and management got fed up and did away with it.


June 22 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

We still have one, but it is more of a "no tie" day or "business casual." But levis, polo shirts and "weekend" clothes are taboo. Most are fine with it. No tie Fridays. It's cool.

June 22 | Unregistered CommenterBen

So what is it dats wrong wid Lateshas clothes? She be all comfy like dats da way she dress at home an all. So on da casule day, she follow da rules an all an da man take away da casule day an all. Whas up wit dat, dog? Da man jus got it in for Latesha cause she so fine an all. He jus don know wha he be missin an all.

June 22 | Unregistered CommenterJaba

That is funny!

We don't have Casual Friday anymore because of this kind of thing. People abused it and we found ourselves having to hold inspection every morning because some people wanted to challenge what policy said was casual and what wasn't.

You give people a break and they take advantage. So now none of us enjoy it.

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