Pony-tails, brown sandals and the much-loved penguin t-shirts are out as organisations move to raise the dress code in ICT departments.
Recent media reports about the introduction of a dress code for ICT staff at the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) are part of a growing trend to formalise the ICT work environment.
The director of analyst firm Hydrasight, Michael Warrilow, says a number of large organisations in Australia have introduced similar dress standards to integrate ICT into the rest of the business.
“The funky, cool dress code of the late 1990s is out and I expect more organisations to follow the ASX lead,” Warrilow says.“Active resistance to a dress code by some techies shows an IT culture that isn’t aligned with the business; why should the rest of the business wear suits and ties?”
According to media reports, ASX chairman Maurice Newman has introduced a dress code for techies, a move that has upset many in the IT department, which has always maintained a casual environment.
However, the ASX was unwilling to detail the dress code or elaborate on how it is enforced, with a spokesperson claiming the ASX doesn’t comment on internal policy.
First Data network implementations senior manager Craig Douglas says there has to be a degree of sensibility when it comes to dress standards in the workplace.
“Our IT staff are expected to look smart or business casual. We certainly don’t expect people turning up in grunge jeans or torn t-shirts,” Douglas says.
“This dress code has been in place for years and there are some exceptions. For example, it’s okay to wear jeans and t-shirt during a major install.”