Boise Cascade Corp. has begun loosening its corporate tie.
It isn't happening throughout the company yet. But some employees are kicking off their heels and exchanging suits for polo shirts and slacks on the new "Casual Friday."In July, the company's timber and forest products division began dressing casually once a week. But Boise Cascade wasn't the first local company to go casual.
It has been an everyday occurrence for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 3,500 Boise employees since the site opened. And across town at Ore-Ida Foods Inc., casual dress is allowed on special occasions.
But the relaxed standards aren't for everybody. Gerald Rudd, Albertson's senior vice president for human resources, said the company's dress code spells out the required business attire.
The code is specific right down to "shoes that can be polished" for Albertson's male employees, Rudd said.
Albertson's button-down approach still is the accepted way of doing business in America. A recent Gallup survey of American office workers showed that 36 percent of the 500 surveyed think a strict dress code is very important. The survey also showed 32 percent feel a dress code is fairly important.
Only one in seven of the office workers surveyed said a dress code is not important at all.
By a small margin, women have stronger feelings in favor of dress codes. Thirty-nine percent of women consider dress codes very important, compared with 34 percent of men, according to the survey.