As many businesses around the world have switched to hybrid or work-from-home models due to COVID-19, attitudes about “appropriate” clothing for the job have started to change.
New research by lululemon in 11 global markets suggests casual workwear is the way to go, with some millennials even expressing that they would consider quitting their jobs if they had to dress in such a way again. professional.
Over 20,000 people in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and US were surveyed online on their opinions on work clothes. According to the study, 81% of people said they performed better at work when dressed comfortably, while 76% felt that casual attire in the workplace creates better relationships with co-workers.
More than 4 in 5 respondents globally said they respect companies that allow their employees to wear casual clothing, with 38% of millennials saying they would consider leaving their jobs if a professional dress code was enforced. That number was even higher in the United States, with more than half of Millennials saying they would consider looking for another job rather than returning to corporate work clothes.
Respondents from different regions also expressed different attitudes towards work dress. In Hong Kong, 66% of employees surveyed say they think their clothes have an impact on their career development. In the United States, 92% of millennial men said they performed best at work when dressed comfortably.
“Data has long shown that professional workwear can and should be functional, versatile and comfortable, and when it is all three it can have a positive impact on performance, confidence and more,” Sun said. Choe, product manager at lululemon.
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