UPDATE (April 2, 2018) — Due to the recent arrest and indictment of Initech President and CEO Vinnie C. Morocco, Riot Fest employees can wear whatever the fuck they want to the office.
TO: All Personnel
FROM: Vinnie C. Morocco, President and CEO
SUBJECT: Casual Khaki Fridays
Riot Fest (An Initech Company) prides itself on the professional atmosphere it maintains and the positive image that employees present as representatives of the festival. This image is affected by the manner of dress we use within our offices, in the offices of our clients, and in public when we are representing the festival. We currently have a dress practice allowing more casual clothes to be worn on Fridays during the non-busy seasons (“Casual Khaki Fridays”). We are always searching for new ways to make our festival a better place to work. Offering everyone the opportunity to dress in khakis on Fridays offers a great way for employees to be more comfortable and to save money.
We need to continue to present a professional image toward clients and the public. It is important that employees use their best judgment in dressing appropriately. Employees who prefer to dress more formally should feel free to do so. The khaki pants look encompasses many styles, but at the end of the day, it’s a look that is appropriate for a professional office environment. It’s a color that allows you to be comfortable at work, yet always look neat and professional. That being said, we ask that you consider Friday’s activities when determining what to wear (i.e., will you be meeting with a client in our office or at their office site; will you be attending a business luncheon, etc.).
Listed below is an overview of acceptable business casual wear, as well as a list of some of the more common items that are not appropriate for our office environment. Obviously, this list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Rather, these items should help set the general parameters for proper business casual wear and allow you to make intelligent judgments about items that are not specifically addressed. A good rule of thumb is that if you are not sure if something is acceptable, choose something else or inquire first. Also, it is generally better to be overdressed than underdressed. Your supervisor should be consulted if questions arise regarding appropriate attire at the office or festival site.
Slacks/Pants – Khaki pants and/or slacks are acceptable, provided they are clean and wrinkle free. Inappropriate items include, but are not limited to: jeans, sweat pants, shorts, bib overalls, spandex and other form-fitting pants, and pants that are excessively worn or faded. Loose fitting stirrup pants accompanied by a long top or jacket are acceptable, but kind of lame unless you have a little league game after work.
Shirts – The Initech red Polo-style shirts which you were given last week in advance of the merger are your only acceptable top to work in. This means that there are no T-shirts, sweatshirts, or anything else that is not a red Initech Polo-style shirt. Employees are not to cut the sleeves and collars off of these shirts, in an attempt to look “tough” or “cool.”
Dresses/Skirts – No employee is to wear dresses or skirts of any kind, unless your supervisor has received a note from a medical professional at least two weeks in advance of the wear date. The note must state why your doctor feels it necessary to wear dresses or skirts (for medicinal purposes only).
Footwear – Items such as loafers, boots, flats, and leather casual shoes are acceptable. Athletic shoes, sneakers, thongs, sandals, and slippers are also considered to be unacceptable. What do you think this is, something out of a George Orwell novel? However we can all agree that flip-flops belong on the beach and nowhere else.
Personal Hygiene – Maintaining well-kept hair, good personal hygiene, and general neat grooming is not only expected, but required. Cologne and perfume should not be used at all.
Accessories – Jewelry tends to work best when it is simple and classic. Also, shoes, belts, and socks in complementing colors are necessary for completing a professional look. If your socks don’t match, you’ll be sent home and demerited for rousing rabble.
Let’s all work together to make the flexibility of Casual Khaki Fridays a positive experience. If you have any questions on the above information, please refer to your employee handbook, or discuss directly with your supervisor.