------------------------------------------------ M A H Shahi
There are certain aspects of the development process such as professionalism that can be improved with a little self awareness and regulation. If you look and behave like a highly-trained and well-groomed professional you will win the respect and honor of peoples both in personal and professional field. In professional work environment you can’t neglect the fact, “First impressions count”. The logic behind the quote is so strong that, knowledge on proper business attire has become a measurement tool of professionalism among executives. It is practiced increasingly and even standardized to include in the company code of conduct in the first world countries.
Bangladeshi economy is mostly influenced by US companies in terms of exporting. Undeniably, if we can implement some of the US work culture in Bangladesh, we will be able to better understand them and maximize our opportunity with them. Why not start from the basics then? But, as a Muslim country we have to respect our religious views as well. So, to avoid confusion, Business attire is a must to codify in Bangladesh.
Companies should develop dress code standards based on their objective, nature of business, interaction level as well as geographical location, seasonal change, weather condition, organizational culture, religious views, sexual equity etc. and of course, to help provide their employees with guidance about what is appropriate to wear at work. Company's objective in establishing a business attire code, is to allow employees to work comfortably in the workplace while maintaining a professional image for customers, potential employees, and community visitors.
We can differentiate work dress codes from formal to business casual to casual. The formality of the dress code is normally determined by the amount of interaction employees have with customers or clients. In workplaces where some employees interact with customers or clients and others do not, an organization may choose to have two dress codes. A more casual work dress code is normally adopted for employees with no customer or client contact. Depending on the organization, the work dress code may be written in great detail, or in the case of a casual work dress code, little detail is necessary.
Certain days can be declared as dress down days, generally Thursday for Bangladesh. On these days, jeans and other more casual clothing, although never clothing potentially offensive to others, are allowed.
However, the rules may change when you hit the road for your company with a business mission. Whether you are exhibiting at a trade show, attending a conference/training session or visiting a customer, the dress code in effect at your office may change for travel and meeting customers. Business casual dress is the minimum standard that must be observed when you are representing the company or interacting with customers or potential customers.
Take a look at the following suggested generalized dress codes for managers and executives in different Bangladeshi work environment:
Tie: Conservative, matching or contrasting in color and the top button of the collar of the shirt must be done up. Tie pins are old fashioned. Avoid novelty items. For Ladies, blouse scarf should be permitted instead of tie. In business casual, tie is optional but preferred.
Accessories: As little as possible. Nothing large or extravagant. There is more scope for jewelry in a creative role than there is in a more conservative environment. If desired, good quality formal watch. Rings such as wedding ring is permitted but others are discouraged. Religious men may use toupee and women may use overhead scarf.
Hose/Socks: Preferably black. At least as dark as the suit. Mid-calf length. No pattern, logo or pictures.
Grooming: All nail,...