Casual Friday — Seriously?
I recently had dinner with someone who worked at one of the world’s largest advisory firms. He told me that his company, like many others, was transforming too. He said that they were now trying to introduce the practice of Casual Friday at his company. But it wasn’t easy, he said. There was some resistance in the organization against a more casual dress code on Fridays.
It was hard not to laugh.
There are still people resisting Casual Friday on this planet?
Casual Friday, the idea that you it’s OK not to wear a suit and tie on Fridays, is a practice invented in the 80s of the previous century. It became popular in the 90s. Since then, most of the world has moved on.
I don’t think I have been at any organization since 2000 where formal dress was still mandatory at any day of the week. A resistance to Casual Friday sounds like people prefering typewriters over desktop computers, while everyone else has already moved on to tablets and smartphones. Granted, I have nothing against people who still only use typewriters. But I won’t pay them for advice on the usage of smartphones.
The extraordinary thing is that I was having dinner with a guy from a consultancy firm. They get paid generous sums of money for advising others on how to run their companies, and how to be more agile and innovative. The website of this firm says, “Enabling the Future of Your Business”. And they’re struggling with Casual Friday.
I mean, seriously?
Does it make sense to ask such a company for advice on how to become more agile?
Would they even know what that means?
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