Allison Williams: Panties, Pasties and Going Commando: Law Firm Dress Codes

Panties, pasties and going commando. You guessed it. We’re going to talk about law firm dress codes. Hi everybody. I’m Allison Williams here, Your law firm mentor. Law Firm Mentor is a business coaching service for solo and small law…

Allison Williams: Panties, Pasties and Going Commando: Law Firm Dress Codes

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Panties, pasties and going commando. You guessed it. We’re going to talk about law firm dress codes. Hi everybody. I’m Allison Williams here, Your law firm mentor. Law Firm Mentor is a business coaching service for solo and small law firm attorneys. We help you to grow your revenues, crush chaos in business and make more money. So here’s a new idea and I actually just heard this from a client of ours. She has an associate attorney that works in her law firm who apparently dresses very appropriately for court. She’s always dressed to the nines, always has on a suit. She has on appropriate attire. She looks very put together. But for some reason when she’s just walking around the office and this office is back to being in person, not virtual. This woman decides she doesn’t want to wear a bra. It’s kind of a weird thing, right? I think most people realize that if you’re dressing up to impress the court system, that a similar attire would be expected in an office. But then again, not so much. So what I think is really important that we learn about this very funny story – and there were a lot of inappropriate comments shared about this this situation is the fact that you do have to have a dress code. Dress codes do a variety of things for your law firm. They set the tone for how you want your clients to receive the people that work in your business. So I want to give you three strategies about dress codes to consider when you’re crafting your own law firm dress code. So the first thing is that you need to be gender neutral. We all know that typically women wear bras. Typically men wear jockstraps. We probably don’t want those things specifically referenced in your dress code. You want to be neutral. Undergarments is the appropriate word that you would use for that. Then you want to make sure that you set the tone in your dress code and verbally to your team as to how you want them to present themselves. Are they going to be in business attire? Maybe business casual? Perhaps you’re very casual? Perhaps you have different rules for when people are seeing clients and going to court versus when they’re just walking around the office. Whatever your expectation is, there, don’t assume that people will know it simply because you think it’s common sense that people should wear bras around the office. Obviously that’s not so common. And then finally, when you’re thinking about your dress code, you really want to impress upon everyone that the dress code is the representation of the business. So in other words, you don’t want to put a judgment on how people choose to dress themselves or not dress themselves. Some people are casual people and they might choose to be casual in their day to day. And if that’s how they want to present themselves to the world, that’s fine. But when they are wearing clothing at work, they are ultimately a reflection of your law firm. So you want to make sure that they understand that the dress code that you are requiring is not about who they are as a person. It’s about what you want reflective of your business. Now, to learn more about how to appropriately structure a dress code in a law firm, we have some resources that we can help you with that. Head on over to our website at https://law firm mentor. net and check those out. I’m Allison Williams, your law firm mentor. Everyone have a wonderful day. 《Transcribed by Videosocials.net Brander》

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