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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 21, 2009
Commission to employees: Don't dress like you're at the lake

CEC_BANNER_WEBSITE.jpgHere's a note sent to Energy Commission employees earlier this month. We've confirmed its authenticity with commission spokesman Bob Aldrich.

"The memo was prompted by inappropriate clothing worn recently by one of our newer (and younger) staff members," he said in an e-mail to The State Worker.

State of California The Natural Resources Agency of California

M e m o r a n d u m

All Staff
September 9, 2009
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento CA 95814-5512



Deciding what to wear to the office can be tough throughout the year but the sweltering temperatures of the summer heat can present a new set of issues. The Energy Commission does not have a formal dress code; however, it does have guidelines. These guidelines are provided in the Administrative Staff Procedures and state that employees are to dress and present themselves in a professional manner.

During the summer months employees tend to dress more casually. Even though the heat can be uncomfortable, professional attire is still the expected dress for all meetings with outside parties, including staff from the Governor's Office and legislature, all public meetings, Commission Business Meetings, meetings with Commissioners, and meetings at the Capitol. When dressing casually, staff should dress appropriately for the office environment and avoid dressing as if you were spending the day on a lake. If an employee's attire offends another employee, the issue should be addressed with management, the employee's supervisor or the Energy Commission's Equal Employment Officer.

It is important to project a professional image at the workplace. To assist employees with this goal, the Training Office will be hosting a seminar in the next few months on Dressing for Success. Details about the seminar will be posted on the Intranet as an "All Staff News Flash". If you have questions on what attire is appropriate in the workplace, you are encouraged to discuss them with your supervisor or staff in the Personnel and Labor Relations Office.

Thanks to blog user G for passing this along.


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