The return of the dress code

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

With a new General Manager at work we’re (re)turning to a more formal dress code. Now, this actually doesn’t bother me a bit. As long as I don’t have to wear a leash—I mean a tie—I like slacks and dress shirts. They’re more comfortable than sitting in new jeans and you can’t wear old jeans without looking like a slob. There are two things worth saying about the issue though–

First

Dress code came in #2 for strongest reason to turn down a job in a perlmonks poll called “Biggest clue you don’t want the job you’re offered.” Ahead of “poor wages” and everything except the elephant in the room: Language/OS, aka “I don’t want a job working with Windows.”

Granted, this is pure anecdote, a poll with some satirical entries, and many respondents were practicing wishful thinking; i.e., they might actually turn down a job on that basis alone. Still, this is even more damning because having the devs who work for you be unhappy is as bad an idea as exists in business. Software development can have fungible time lines and fuzzy quality standards. The only thing that gets from A to B in a winning way in software development is happy devs. Witness the products out of Redmond, WA for a proof of this theorem.

Second

No dress code in the world can make me wear underwear.

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