An informal Dress-Down Friday had operated in some parts of my company for a little while, and recently, the company was moved to point out that there was no agreed dress-down policy, and normal business attire was expected at all times.
It is not a thing that has ever bothered me. I come to work to do my employer's bidding in return for wages and wearing clothing that meets their needs is part of that.
The question of whether to allow dress-down in return for a donation is not simple. The company involved is compromising its standards, and the employee is surrendering part of his reward.
The underlying message is that you can buy your way out of your obligations, and I do not think that is a healthy message. And the secondary question is, if we can compromise the standard for charity, do we need it at all?
There are so many other things about working for an organisation that are much more inmportant than this. Like having a strong policy of ethical behaviour. Like a strong commitment to client satisfaction.
Like a strong commitment to trade honestly and legally. Like a commitment to treat all staff fairly. These are qualities that I value highly in my employer (CGI) because I will never have to be ashamed of anything they do, and I know they will never ask me to do anything dishonest or immoral.