This summer has been a very hot one already, as we all know. That being said, with the hotter days can cause employees to want to dress lighter to stay cool. While we understand that, we also want to help ensure that you won’t run into any issues along the way when you implement a summer dress code in the workplace. Did you know that if you have a lawsuit related to your summer dress code, it would actually fall under EPLI insurance coverage? Yes, while most of us know how important a standard commercial insurance policy is, it’s also equally as important to embrace EPLI insurance coverage just in case your business faces an unfortunate lawsuit that falls under EPLI coverage. Although, we want to talk about a summer dress code that will help you avoid EPLI claims or lawsuits altogether, and of course keep things appropriate and professional.
Summer Dress Code Tips
- Set guidelines in your company policy, and make them clear and easy to understand. You may have to spell it out, and ban things such like crop tops, short shorts, and sandals to make sure employees don’t show up looking a bit too comfortable to handle business.
- Be consistent in the guidelines you set and put in place. No matter what guidelines you put in place for your employees, consistency is key. You can’t single out genders with the dress code you put in place, and additionally, you can’t single out younger versus older employees. Every piece of the dress code should be enforced universally if implemented.
- Remind your employees of the policy if you need to. After the summer dress code is implemented, one uncomfortably hot day may cause a slip up with some of your employees. If you need to, just remind them of the dress code, and have them briefly revisit or re-read your company policy if they need to.
- Younger generations may need some extra help following the summer dress code. Younger generations may just need an extra reminder, especially if it is their first professional job. If they are fresh out of school, their attire may not always be appropriate for the workplace.
These tips for implementing a summer dress code should help you with keeping your employees dressing professionally and appropriately all summer long. Remember, even if you review this with your team, it’s always important to have coverage in place that can protect you, just in case. If you’d like to learn more about our EPLI policies and coverage, give us a call today!