A week before my first day in the corporate world, eight and a half years ago, I went shopping! Formal pants and shirts were bought along with shoes and bags. I even picked up some Indian wear for office as my joining location was Chennai and not Bangalore. Of course, everyone wants to look professional and be comfortable at work. The initial few days at work, everyone was dressed in their best. Top to bottom in formals. I could see some of them wearing ties as well. Soon, we realized that there was no strict dress code in our company. That is when the trouble started.
Dressing well is really important to me as a person. At work, or anywhere else. Unfortunately not everyone thinks the same. Sometimes I feel that it is important to include a hygiene clause while hiring someone. IT companies seriously need to think about it. I know it is a personal choice, but at times people only do a few things when they are asked to. A few years ago, I worked in a team where the team lead had a pair of jeans and two T-shirts. He wore the same clothes every alternate day for like close to a year. Then came a new pair or jeans and a couple of T-shirts and the drill followed. To start with, wearing jeans and a T-shirt to a corporate is not something I would do. Start up culture is something else altogether. But when you are working with clients and dealing with people from many nationalities, you need to maintain a decent attire. Dirty and stinky clothes is a strict no no.