Grooming and Dress Code Policies

Grooming and Dress Code PoliciesWhat can you do about bushy beards (grooming), tattoos and piercings and dress at work, if they don’t fit your business image?

If your staff are client/customer facing you will need to consider what is appropriate dress and if you need or want to be prescriptive about tattoos, piercings, grooming and facial hair (with the trend for very bushy beards continuing) and normal hair.

Many employers have relaxed dress codes now and generally staff prefer this. However, more ‘formal’ industries, for example finance and retail, may take appearance more seriously and/or provide a full or part uniform – especially in client/customer facing roles.

As employers, you have every right to implement a dress/appearance code for your staff to protect your business image, but your policy must be proportionate to the organisation’s function and justified. However, in today’s climate employers need to be very careful about what you prescribe staff should wear.

Take a look at our guide to Grooming and Dress Code Policies here.

In May 2018 the Government released a Guide to Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination which you can see here (although this has been widely criticised as not having much teeth!).

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