Been a lot of talk in here lately about appropriate workplace attire and working from home and it has me thinking about the impact of my generation (millennials) on the workplace and society's norms as a whole.
50 years ago, social norms were very formal compared to what goes on today. Men wore full suits to the office, and even stay at home moms got dressed and groomed for the day. People wore their best attire on airplanes and to restaurants and there was a certain amount of decorum when it came to conversation - politics, religion, money, and sex were not polite topics of conversation unless you knew that person intimately.
Now we're at a point where it seems like everyone wants to work from home in their pajamas, people go to steakhouses in ballcaps and sweat pants, people treat airplanes like their personal bedroom and bathroom, and every second person feels perfectly fine loudly sharing opinions about sensitive subjects to anyone nearby, including in the workplace.
I'm not suggesting we go back to the 50s but I do feel like we could use some formality these days. Do we all need to wear suits to the office? No. But I do have the opinion that t shirts and jeans generally do not belong in the workplace (unless that's what your prospect wears and you're building rapport...money over errythang,) and that MOST people function better in an office or hybrid environment rather than permanently working from home. Do I think it's always inappropriate to discuss politics? No, but I don't think it's appropriate to talk about in a work meeting when you don't even know half the people there.
In regards to the workplace, with the emergence of technology over the past two decades, people are more connected to work than ever. I think all of us have answered a work email/call after hours, and obviously there's no getting away from thinking about work on the weekends or evenings when you're in a role like ours. Since there's no getting away from the mental connection, is it so bad that we create some physical distinction between our home and office lives? Not wearing what we do to our backyard BBQ to the office, or talking to our colleagues differently than we'd talk to our closest friends or family?
I probably sound prudish here and I know my opinion will be unpopular for some, but I'm curious to know everyone's thoughts on this.