‘Are we there yet?’
‘Can we stop at McDonalds?’
‘Are we there yet?’
‘I’ve got to go to the toilet…’
‘Are we there yet?’ I’m sure you get the general idea….
Anyway, back at work I was tucking into my chicken salad sandwich and bottle of water in the food court – yes New Year’s Resolution still going strong 20 something days in! – and I noticed a phenomena that until now had completely passed me by…. Men were not wearing ties!
That’s right! Men… Were… Not… Wearing… Ties!! Before you ask, yes – this food court is in the middle of the corporate business district, and no it wasn’t a hot day.
I was so taken aback that I began counting the number of businessmen wearing ties and those who were not. Final tally – with ties 17, without ties 74! (To the statistically minded that’s 82% not wearing ties).
As I walked back to the office I noticed more and more businessmen not wearing ties and it kind of got me thinking – why are city based male recruiters expected to wear ties?
Those in the Pro column may say it represents our corporate professionalism, it reflects our clients’ expectations, it demonstrates to our competitors that we are serious… Blah, Blah, Blah…
Let’s be honest, the only thing ties are, is bloody uncomfortable! Does a tie really demonstrate professionalism? Does a tie really give you that vital edge over your competitor? My answer is an adamant No!
Look, there are some situations where a tie is absolutely appropriate: weddings, formal parties and yes, some clients meetings. You know, the stuffy ones where the client judges people on how they dress, where they went to school and what Masonic lodge chapter one belongs to…
Apart from neck discomfort – often resulting in a nasty rash – there are a number of reasons why a tie is more of a hindrance than a help…
You always spill your food on them. Some see this as a positive as it can act as a bib replacement, but on the whole, if you are required by work to wear a tie, you spill food (or coffee) on it – and have no spare in the office – you look like a hobo. Plus, you will be judged even more harshly by our good friend the stuffy client – and worse, ties have to be dry cleaned… Think of the cost!
So, I say to you – think very carefully before you impose or enforce a Tie Policy in the recruitment workplace. A tie does not impair, or enhance our ability to efficiently work with your clients and candidates. A tie is not a status symbol, and a tie is certainly not comfortable… What a tie is…. Is superfluous to needs… much like a third nipple.