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Many companies have a dress code that requires adherence.  At a minimum, failure to comply with proper work attire can be a distraction in the workplace. IT employees are professionals, and that includes how they maintain their appearance in the work environment. Appearance reflects upon the basic character and work ethic of an individual.  Isn’t it conceivable that someone who does not take the time to present a decent appearance or wantonly flaunts indecency would have the same attitude carry over into their work activities?

Specific dress code and appearance requirements should be documented for all IT employees.  The employer should ensure that all employees have access to the information and that they understand it. Many computer professionals started out as the geeks who enjoyed spending days upon days in computer labs solving programming or hardware problems.

Dress Code and Appearance - Shatz

There was a college student who was called Shatz. He was large, drank soda pop like water, emptied the vending machines daily, and basically lived in the computer center. He wore his pizza and snacks on his t-shirt every day.  

He and a buddy use to play pranks on each other in the lab to see who could mess up the other’s computer projects the most through legitimate remote intrusion. Shatz’s buddy kept sending him code that kept blanking his screen, and he could not get any work done. Well he got back at his buddy in a big way. He initiated code that started locking his buddy’s computer files.

Shatz was one of the smartest students in the computer science curriculum, but his knowledge was not always applied to the objectives set forth in the class. He had a careless attitude about what he should work on.  As a result, he would often not do what he was assigned by the professor.

His appearance and unprofessional demeanor also kept him from finding a decent job soon after graduation. His buddies knew how smart he was, but prospective employers could not see past the long hair and untidy appearance. Could they have possibly been thinking about how this person would work out in a professional office environment? Probably.

The same is true for currently employed IT professional. A professional environment should have some level of professional appearance. Structure begets structure. Professional appearance and decency tend to beget a professional work ethic. Not only is appearance important, but so is professional demeanor.

The above book excerpt is from:

You're Fired! Firing Computer Professionals

The IT manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"

ISBN 0-9744486-4-8

Robert Papaj

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