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Casual Friday

Casual Friday exists because we're all done working for the week. But since we have to be at work, we0375806601.jpg pretend to be at home by dressing like we're at home.

But we're not.

But we're dressed like we are.

And, more importantly, we act like we are by doing absolutely nothing related to running a business.

The beauty of the situation is that we don't do anything we'd do if we were home either. You know, like yard work and the shit you don't have time to do during the week because you're at work. So casual Friday is really a vacation from both work and home.

Today, in order to get the most out of Casual Friday, I decided to wear a tank top, shorts and flip-flops. Apparently, this is a gross violation of the dress code, even for Casual Friday, so I was yet again called down to Human Resources to meet with Triplet, the VP of HR.   

"The Dress Code is very specific. No shorts, no sandals and no tank tops," she said.

Essentially, every article of clothing I chose today was inappropriate for the workplace, even on Casual Friday. Naturally, I had an appropriate excuse for my inappropriate wardrobe. Because for every policy there is an exception. And where an exception exists, there is no violation.

"It's Hawaiian Day," I said.

Triplet just stared at me trying to figure out what that meant and where I might be headed with it. Triplet always starts out with the confidence that she is one step ahead of me because I have fucked up and there's really no way around it. But when I respond with something that seems irrelevant or nonsensical, she knows she's already been beat.

"Hawaiian Day?" she repeated.

"That's right," I said. "I decided to make today a themed day as a team building activity to boost morale and ultimately increase productivity. So it's Hawaiian Day."

Triplet didn't like my excuse one little bit.

"A Director needs to approve that kind of activity. You can't just--"

"Smithee approved. I can show you the email," I said.

My boss, Alan Smithee, does not exist. He is the best boss ever. He approves all my bullshit all the time.

"Why is nobody else in your group dressed in Hawaiian attire then?"

"They are," I said.

She looked at me sideways.

"But... They're not."

"Well," I said. "Apparently I'm the only one in the group who would wear a tank top and shorts in Hawaii. Everyone else would just wear jeans and a t-shirt."

Triplet hates my guts. And so does whoever keeps reporting me to HR. Because I don't ever seem to pay for the things I do wrong.

I think next Casual Friday will be Roman day and I'll wear a toga to work. And maybe have an orgy in the conference room. No policy violation there. When in Rome..

Have a good weekend. 

Reader Comments (5)

I hate dress down day. I just think its all stupid. I for one rather have a half day off!
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April 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I'm all for my employees participating in casual Friday.
Although the most successful people rarely dress drown. (I'm not talking about 3-piece suits, but never jeans.) Driven entrepreneurs and employees focused on career advancement tend to reflect the image they are aspiring to achieve at all times.

April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

I agree Martin, reference: Office Politics, Rule 2: Dress for Success

I think you can dress down once a week as long as it's still with style. Jeans and a t-shirt don't spell "executive" for anyone...

April 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason X

For Casual Friday at one of the offices I used to work at, this one guy wore 80's Cosby sweaters. They would be so distracting I would have to avoid him the whole to not crack up laughing. For guys I recommend Ralph Lauren, J. Crew or Banana Republic.

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM

M: Just dropped a load (of cash) at Banana Republic this past weekend.

September 14, 2009 | Registered CommenterJason X

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