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dress code 
19th-Mar-2011 09:59 pm
is it ok for the store manager to suddenly decide to change dress code for only one department? it seems unfair to make only some associates go out and spend more of their own money on work clothes...dress code policy doesnt address the issue really...
20th-Mar-2011 04:00 am (UTC)
What department? And what change to the dress code did the store manager make?
20th-Mar-2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Short answer: Most likely ok

Longer answer: Need more input - what was the issue? What is the policy change? Which department? In general, corporate policies are the golden rule, but the store management team does have discretion to make changes that fit their stores needs. For instance, the policy says navy blue tops, but the manager might specify that everyone must have a collared shirt (polo or button up) because there have been a lot of oversized holey tee shirts, and that looks really unprofessional. What would be unfair is if the manager demanded the policy changes immediately (they should give you at least until the next paycheck to get into compliance) or if he was demanding a specific expensive brand or clothing that was inappropriate for the job. Your uniform is your responsibility and is deductible on your taxes if you itemize. It is a condition of the job. As for seeming unfair, again without knowing the issue, I would only say that you should ask TLE associates or service desk associates who've had shoes and clothing damaged by battery acid, or cart associates who must supply their own winter gear only to have it constantly damaged, or anyone whose had to clean up bleach or paint and had clothes ruined how fair they think it is.
21st-Mar-2011 12:09 am (UTC) - thanks for in input
basically they want us to look 'more professional like best buy' in electronics so it will be black pants (any type) and a green polo shirt (the green can only be ordered through wm because everyone has to match so i cant even go to goodwill or something)...i guess i would understand if it was only nicer pants and maybe a button down shirt but i can get black cargos and this polo and look the same as i do every other day, just in a different color combo...so i guess thats my main issue-just the 15 or so of us have to buy new stuff for no good reason...if they want to do this then maybe every dept should be color coded to be fair

"polo shirts can be worn elsewhere so it's not like we are spending money to wear something only at work." -true but after wearing blue and brown 5 days a week i definitely dont wear it on my days off and my work clothes are only for work just because they do acquire more wear and tear

i too have purchased my own band aids, freezer gloves, etc that were not adequately supplied or i needed to perform my job but the difference is that it wasnt required or forced on me to do so
21st-Mar-2011 12:57 pm (UTC) - Re: thanks for in input
Greem? Now, that's an odd color choice for electronics... The daredevil inside me says just don't do it. What are they really going to do about it? You'll still be in dress code. The much more reasonable side of me says call HR or your market manager (you should find these numbers in the break room) and tell them what's up. I have a feeling your store manager's idea won't hold up against them.
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22nd-Mar-2011 04:09 pm (UTC) - Re: thanks for the input
yeah but that was back when we still had the vests, which were provided for us

customers are going to ask the first person they see for help, regardless of which department the associate actually belongs in (or whether or not we are even on the clock, haha)

we are always getting pulled to other areas as well and if customers are used to the blue and brown and i am across the store zoning or something they wont even realize im working there...hey maybe thats not a bad thing lol
22nd-Mar-2011 12:11 am (UTC) - Re: thanks for in input
I know when they told our bakery/deli associates they had to get nonslip shoes because apparently they couldn't watch where they were going (literally that was the reason) they said they would put extra money in their checks for the next one to help them afford it. I don't know if they ever did or how much they did put if they did though.

The only good thing about buying those "specialty" things is it's a right off when it comes time to do taxes.
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