We’ve all heard of white-collar, blue-collar jobs. These are usually the titles given to people working in the corporate world: banking, IT and your usual corporate jobs.
But there seems to be a shift from the traditional buttoned-up shirt and tie, skirt and leggings, high polished dress shoes.
Now there is a more casual approach going on.
Look no further than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, usually sporting his plain grey shirt, and jeans.
His choice of clothing is far removed from what we call professional uniform in the corporate world, yet that has become his go-to workwear.
But let’s look deeper at what this change of attire brings.
For one, a plain shirt is far easier to put on that a buttoned-up shirt and is arguably more comfortable.
If you feel more comfortable, then you can focus more energy on the task at hand.
You’re not always pulling on your collar and the tie that sits around your neck like a noose, and eating up valuable work time and motivation.
In a shirt, that problem becomes a thing of the past.
What if you are a female in a corporate job.
Subjected to wearing those high heels, polished to the tip, and causing a world of pain to your feet.
Wouldn’t it better if you could just wear flats shoes?
Simple and comfortable footwear and clothing, while still maintaining a professional disposition.
The future of corporate uniforms
In the future corporate uniforms will likely see a shift where comfort and functionality take centre stage over stiff appearances.
A lot of research has been done in what constitutes a productive work environment.
But no research is needed to know that when one feels comfortable, their brain can devote more of their energy to what needs to be done, as opposed “why is my skirt so uncomfortable”.
Of course there’s no guarantee that the corporate uniform will consist of thongs and a singlet.
A place of work should still inspire some sort of respect, as opposed to looking like an indoor beach club.
But expect the future professional environment to relax its rules of the work attire.
More shirts that slide on, as opposed to those that need to be buttoned up.
More trainers as opposed to bespoke oxford shoes.
Shorts on a warm day, as opposed to black dress pants.
Of course, there will be some experimenting as to what works, and what fits with the company brand.
A bit of trial and error will occur, but what will emerge is something more relaxed that works for everybody.