I’m at a point in my life where I simply don’t want to do illogical things in relation to my professional life. Pointless tradition in families is entertained for nostalgia’s sake. In work settings, it can often be little more than an irritant.
Do we really need to wear elitist, cumbersome suits on days that are spent solely in the office? Are trousers and ties necessary on 90-degree summer days or are they simply decorative? Wouldn’t you want your employees to think more about how to improve the systems they work on than how pointlessly uncomfortable they are?
I believe there is a time and a place for business dress but, unless in an industry where you interact with external entities or individuals every day, the day of everyday business dress has passed. During the summer, if nothing else, casual Fridays should be the rule. A new generation is coming and it is a generation that is not only unimpressed by pretentious dress; it is one that is turned off by it when out of place. And that generation doesn’t want to work in those settings. A tie is no longer an indicator of success. You could just be a slave to a system that requires it.
I’m not advocating for complete dress code anarchy. Graphic tees and baseball caps aren’t for every environment. But a pair of khaki shorts during the summer is not going to offend any sensible person in this day and age.
Make professional development a priority.