When I was a little kid growing up in suburban Poughkeepsie, New York, it was easy to spot the Dads who worked at IBM. They all wore the IBM (I’ve Been Moved) uniform: a dark suit, white shirt, skinny tie and shoes with laces. Loafers of all kind were frowned upon.
IBM celebrates the corporate uniform in a retrospective called “The Way We Wore.”
I was surprised to learn that there really wasn’t a dress code at IBM during the 1960‘s. The uniform was just an example of what my parents would have labeled “peer pressure” when talking about a younger generation.
Going through IBM’s virtual scrapbook got me wondering — what’s the corporate culture of today going to look like to future social historians?
I telecommute and am working right now at my dining room table, still in my pajamas. My husband commutes an hour and 15 minutes each day. His daily uniform is a bright-colored shirt, wild tie, khaki pants and boating shoes. (Jeans on Friday)
Not a dark suit or power bow-tie between us. I know when I do have to go in to the office, it’s pretty eclectic. It got me wondering, IS there a uniform for techies right now? Do people in your workplace still dress like they did in Freshman year — or has business invaded the landscape of your workday and changed the camouflage?
Informal survey: What’s your work uniform?