Cypri­ots dress-down at work

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

New re­search by flex­i­ble workspace provider Re­gus found that the tra­di­tional busi­ness at­tire of suit and tie are reach­ing the end of the line, with work­ers glob­ally re­port­ing they are now of­ten seen as too for­mal.

The sur­vey of al­most 40,000 work­ers around the world high­lighted that more ca­sual dress choices are prefer­able in to­day’s work en­vi­ron­ment.

Specif­i­cally, busi­ness peo­ple re­ported that jeans (79%) and t-shirts (51%) are now con­sid­ered as suit­able of­fice at­tire. Home work­ers gen­er­ally con­form to stereo­type with 43% say­ing they some­times work in their py­ja­mas or even un­der­wear (20%). How­ever, four fifths (82%) rush to smarten up be­fore a video call.

In Cyprus, busi­ness peo­ple re­port that a suit and tie are of­ten re­garded as too for­mal for the mod­ern of­fice place (76%). More than a quar­ter of work­ers con­fess to work­ing in just their un­der­pants at home (27%), and flip flops (21%) and track­suits (42%) ac­cep­tance are above the world wide av­er­age.

“To­day’s of­fice place has rad­i­cally changed in many as­pects. Not only is the tech­nol­ogy we use much more ad­vanced, but less rigidly ver­ti­cal hi­er­ar­chies are in place,” said Ka­te­rina Manou, Gen­eral Man­ager of Re­gus for Greece, Cyprus and Bul­garia.

“It’s hardly sur­pris­ing that in this rapidly chang­ing sce­nario peo­ple’s view on busi­ness dress code have also changed. While a suit and tie re­main stan­dard in only a few ar­eas of busi­nesses, jeans and smart-ca­sual at­tire are now com­mon well out­side the cre­ative in­dus­tries. Per­haps also in­flu­enced by Sil­i­con val­ley’s ca­sual and much talked-about at­ti­tudes to work­wear, work­ers now ex­pect a more laid back ap­proach to of­fice dress­ing.”

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