Wait, I have to go change. I forgot to wear SEQUINS!

Kathy Rapp Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Relations, Kathy Rapp

I am an honest person.  I’m sure any psychologist reading this would psychoanalyze my statement and say, “Oh yeah, she’s got something to hide”, but really, I am.

As I type this, I’m sitting in a jury assembly room in downtown Houston.  I’ve been told, by people who will remain nameless, I could have ignored my jury summons, pretended I never saw it or given my nanny the day off so I was the primary caregiver of my toddler.  All tactics I’m sure work for a number of people, but I couldn’t bring myself to do any of them…so here I sit for hour 4 and counting.

As I looked around the very crowded room, I thought about “jury of my peers” and wondered if I’d want to be judged by anyone in this room.  I guess this is another reason I AM here as I’d want ME to show up if I needed a jury.

The jury info tells you to come dressed in “business attire”.  If you’ve read any of my past posts you know I don’t believe in dress codes, but I do believe I have a decent understanding of what business attire means.  I’ll use this as a simple example of how my peers in my particular room interpreted this requirement:

  • Jeans are OBVIOUSLY business attire as are tennis/running shoes
  • Sweats are also very business appropriate
  • Tight clothing and Ed Hardy t-shirts
  • Cleavage bearing tops made for the club scene
  • SEQUINS and glittery eye shadow (particularly in blue and purple)
  • Short – I mean short – skirts
  • Un-tucked (don’t even need to say un-ironed do I?) men’s shirts
  • Hats of all shapes and sizes
  • Large “jewels” on women and men

So really, if my peers can’t come to agreement on what constitutes “business attire”, how would they come to agreement on innocence or guilt?

But alas, I really don’t believe in dress codes.  I am just as productive, smart and capable of making decisions in my jeans as I am in my suit.  So it really shouldn’t matter what people wear to jury selection/service as they can be just as fit to determine someone’s fate dressed in sequined hot pants as they would in a blazer and slacks.

Again, as 2012 unfolds and as a HR pro you’re asked about dress code, either just say no, pretend like you never got the email or call out because your nanny is suddenly sick and needs the day off.  OR you can deem your “policy” as one of trust and honesty – as in I trust people to be adults and come to work dressed appropriately or I’ll be really honest with her about the sequins and no one should be surprised.

And no, I didn’t snap any pics of my peers as I thought that might get me in trouble, but I did smile as hot pants got selected and I left the courthouse after 3 selection rounds and only 6 hours of having to amuse myself.