Is There A Dress Code For This Meeting?
The newest generation at work clearly cherishes a casual dress environment. Most companies have now adopted a “business casual” policy for most daily occasions. This new young employee took this to a new level!
A good friend of mine was waiting to give a short presentation to new employees during a day –and-a-half New Employee Orientation in Los Angeles, California. The event was about to begin when she noticed a young woman enter the building wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers. This young woman walked through the lobby and got into the elevator going to the second floor. My friend really wanted to find out what was going on but she needed to be in the meeting. You guessed it! This young lady was sitting in the New Employee Orientation meeting!
As soon as my friend was done she went straight to the Human Resources Department. They knew about the young woman and had pulled her from the meeting. Here’s her story…
The new employee was from West Virginia. She was 19 and this was her first job and her first airplane ride. She decided to fly in her P.J.s because it was a late night flight. Of course the flight arrived late and the airlines had lost her luggage. Alone without a car or extra money, all she knew was she had to be at the meeting at 7:30 that morning!-
Has this kind of thing happened before the Millennials entered the work force? Of course! It does seem too many seasoned professionals however, that this newest generation to enter the work force lacks common sense and problem solving abilities.
To ensure this doesn’t happen to someone in your family be sure to:
- Allow the young adults in your life the freedom to solve their own problems and handle their mistakes at a fairly young age. It is so tempting to help but don’t. Stand back and observe. Only step in if it is going to result in a disaster!
- Even though there are less formal or sometimes almost no clothing or dress rules in the workplace, emphasize what is appropriate for every occasion and model it.
- Teach the young people around you that it is all right to stop and ask someone’s advice if they don’t know what to do. A quick call to Human Resources in the morning would have solved this young woman’s problems. Most Adults want to help!
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