Prepare this pocket money from my cold, dead hands, Goldman.
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Goldman Sachs employees can now live every day as if it were summer. Friday: The bank's top three execs sent Tuesday an e-mail to the entire company a "flexible dress code" policy. However, they failed to define "flexible", and all of the creative license has allegedly funded brittle, felt puzzled, perhaps even a little panic.
"Given our only solid philosophy and the changing nature of work change generally in favor of a more informal environment, we believe this is the right time to move to a fixed flexible dress code," read the email, according to Bloomberg . Emphasizing that customer comfort is king, the boss asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in their choices. "We all know what it is and don't fit the workplace."
Are we doing that? A informal Twitter survey suggests that we all end up with our own subjective understandings of what business means casual. Most respondents voted for Goldman to adopt the Silicon Valley hoodies and sneakers look. I myself am not convinced that the client would be comfortable with it, but then again, when I see a bridge in "midtown uniform" – chinos, button-down shirt, fleece vest, probably boat shoe or something similar brown – come to me, I stop falling and rolling away, a ball of stinging jail:
On his face, Goldman finally loosens the tie can not beat you as a particularly complicated problem – you have to learn to relax, my dudes! (And I mean dudes, because even though women who work in boy's club environments like Wall Street have always been presented with the impossible puzzle dress that is a good job dress, coverage of this problem is central to men.)
According to to However, the Associated Press needs to balance a delicate equation with the proper Wall Street wardrobe. You will compete sartoriously with hip tech companies that draw from the same talent pool, but as the AP points out, jeans will simply "not do in all contexts." And when your CEO (David Solomon) measures like a DJ, you can assume that your chill Yeezys would be acceptable in the office, but what happens when the old guard comes in from London or what? Well, you can always keep a couple of emergency hoses (Gucci loafers, did you know?) Under your desk, for increased professionalism in a clamp. What is the best outfit to wash money in? I just don't know.
Anyway, I think the most likely result here is that Goldman's New York office becomes a sea of khaki slacks; a nightmare of pastelging ham stored under sleeveless Patagonia, as the bankers retreat to the comfort of their performance wing. However, I hope that the brooches will accept this opportunity to play with their personal style.
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