Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.
Writer's note -- in the below hub, you will see the term, "PC," which means personal (or office) computer, NOT politically-correct. Do distinguish the difference. Thanks. Kenneth.
In a somewhat off-the-wall idea, there are some employees who work on a computer each day who have been misguided into thinking that their attire is of no consequence, and that "these" employees come to work wearing just enough clothing to cover their private areas and think that this is just okie dokie, when it's not. Were you aware of this? Maybe, just maybe, this is the reason that in some sectors of the business world are falling below par because of the employees lack of attention in personal wardrobe.
Let's Have a Quick
pop test concerning The Do's and Dont's of PC Attire. Look at the image at the top and do you think that the man fits the role of a Computer Technician? If you answered yes, you answered dead wrong. This man would fit like a glove if he were a college professor or maybe a motivational speaker, but certainly not a computer technician. The reason why? His suit-of-clothes makes him uptight and on edge to the point that by day's end, he is ready to bite the head off of anyone who speaks to him.
And on the other end of the spectrum, (photo at bottom), this guy is a bit "too" happy to perform any form of serious work on the computer. Fun is fun in its place, and I will condone fun if it's in a moderate sense, but having fun at the workplace and dressing like you don't care is only asking to be terminated and a black mark on your Employment Record.
Here are Do's and Don't's
of people whom that I have singled-out at working on the computer day in and day out and what you may or may not wear while you work.
Here Are The Don't's
Don't . . .
- come to work wearing barely enough clothing to cover your private area's. Especially if you work on a computer because a computer has plenty of wires that flows with electricity which is dangerous and if your company has a power surge and your PC doesn't have a surge protector, a spark might jump from these wires and you will be burned.
- show-up at work wearing flip-flop's. If you are a person with good hygiene, then I will shut up, but if you do not keep your feet washed, then flip-flop's are not protecting your stinking feet from others and this can cause others to complain and this could lead to angry outbursts, so wear real shoes at work.
- come to work wearing clothes that you have worn for over two weeks. No explanation necessary.
- roll into your workplace wearing only pants and sandals. Note: this is applicable for both men and women.
- be an hour late at your job because of the massive hang-over you have thanks to you participating in your fishing buddy's Chug-a-Lug Contest last night and now you cannot keep anything in your stomach--the potential for you vomiting on your expensive computer is very possible.
Please do . . .
- wear clothing that is moderate and covering your private parts. If you are a computer technician, you are there at your job to work on your company's various projects, not doing pole dances for other employees to pay you by the hour.
- wear work clothing that does NOT cause others to be distracted. Women should NOT wear skirts so short that the guys in the office are using their Smart Phones to photo them for their male friends and men shouldn't wear swimming trunks, tennis shoes, and a head band and call it "Casual Friday." This is a direct insult to your company's integrity, so be careful.
- keep your clothing clean of all dirt, lint and food crumbs that can fall into the keyboard of your company PC and cause the computer to crash.
- wear comfortable clothing while you are at work and this way you are respecting yourself, your co-workers and your company and you can not only be a productive employee, but a happy employee.
- do wear an Office-Friendly Wardrobe which means that your clothing is comfortable, respectful, but does not cause other employees to grow envious at your clothing.
A Few Closing Remarks
- about how you should wear clothing that says, I love my computer job, so much that I am willing to dress the part of someone who lives at moderate lifestyle without cramping my style and pleasure. And here's a nugget of information that might help you with your wardrobe choices if you are going to work at a computer-oriented office.
- When you are being interviewed for the job of computer technician, always ask the Human Resources or Employment Manager if the company has a stringent dress code policy--(i.e. suits and ties for the men and pants suits for the women) and (depending on their answer) you can make an intelligent choice. One thing you do not want is misery at your workplace--regardless of how much money you are making.
I might add that conventional wisdom would say that in 2018 and with as many Educational Outlets there are online and at the library, one should NOT show-up at your job wearing coverall's or Liberty overhauls as if you think your job is that of running a computer in the middle of a huge cornfield. Dress wisely and dress with a mature mindset.
Personally speaking, I sat in front of a computer from March 1990 through December 2000. Prior to me learning the inner-workings of this complicated beast, I, along with several co-workers had been accustomed to working on typesetting equipment from names such as CompuGraphic and PhoTon and I have to tell you that seemingly as time progressed, so did the advances of our typesetting equipment, but I was most-comfortable wearing my jeans, sneakers, and a loose shirt--I have to agree that me and the newspaper's equipment were close enough to be friends. Not one time did any of this "complicated" set of nuts, bolts, and wires ever say one cross word to me.
Mark Twain said it best: Shakespeare might have written the idea (apparel oft proclaims the man), but you have to be mindful to be the man inside your clothing.
Which concludes this piece with a touch of paradox thrown in for good measure. If it's true that clothing makes the man (person), then tell me what a seamstress wears while they are making the next fashion statement?
© 2018 Kenneth Avery