Flip-flops 'ban' for Plymouth City Council staff

Flip-flops Plymouth City Council said flip-flops "are a definite no-no" for staff

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Council workers have been told not to wear flip-flops and other inappropriate clothing to work during the hot weather.

Plymouth City Council told staff they "shouldn't be showing too much flesh and flip-flops are a definite no-no".

Unions said staff were working in "uncomfortably hot" offices.

The council said there were "no set rules" but it had asked staff not to wear flip-flops in the "polite reminder".

'Grown-up enough'

The advisory said: "It's fine being cool in the office, but please remember this is a business environment and we expect people to wear appropriate clothing.

"We shouldn't be showing too much flesh and flip-flops are a definite no-no!

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"There are no set rules. We think everyone is grown-up enough to choose their own clothes."

The union, Unison, said it was made aware workers would be given "basic guidelines to ensure staff understood what was expected".

A spokeswoman said: "Our members consider what has been published is being interpreted as a directive by managers, and that Plymouth City Council is not taking an appropriately pragmatic approach to the challenges our members face conforming to their managers' expectations in the current weather conditions.

"Members report to us that they are working in offices that are uncomfortably hot through the day, despite the provision of fans, which are merely serving to move hot air around their workplace."

A council spokeswoman said: "We all want to enjoy the hot weather but, as in any professional organisation, staff need to dress appropriately.

"There are no set rules but we've asked, for example, that people don't wear flip-flops.

"The issue usually comes up when we have good weather so this was a polite reminder."


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    Comment number 333.

    I am lucky enough to be working in a company who understands that being comfortable in the work place is going to allow a more productive workforce than one which is overheated and drained. Although we normally wear business wear they have given us the option to come in wearing what we choose during this heatwave. Not only are we working better, moral is up as it almost a treat for us all. Winner.

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    Comment number 179.

    If they aren't interacting with customers or clients, I dont understand why some office staff are required to wear so-called business wear. Wearing a shirt and tie isn't going to improve their ability to use excel or make phone calls.

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    Comment number 152.

    And if someone trips over or falls down the stairs the first thing the H&S person will look at is someone's footwear. Flip flops are not safe to wear and just look wrong in a professional office environment. Kick your shoes off under your desk if your feet get hot, that's what I do.

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    Comment number 77.

    If the Plymouth offices are as hot as the ones here in the Midlands, the workers have my deep sympathy! How come it isn't ok to wear flip-flops and minimal clothing? Why are there rules about covering up? Does it make people work any better if they are wearing more clothes and uncomfortable shoes in the hot weather?
    I don't think so.
    Get real council bosses and loosen up and be human.

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    Comment number 63.

    Spare a thought for those who's clothing is determined by H&S requirements. Rail Trackside staff are required to wear full Hi-Vi vests and trousers (no shorts), hard hats and steel toecapped boots at all times, goggles or face masks, gloves and other such things dependant on what they do. No let up just because it's hot!


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