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Re: You've just spilled something on your tie at lunch... Do you:

by dsheroh (Prior)
on Sep 23, 2007 at 02:32 UTC ( #640564=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to You've just spilled something on your tie at lunch... Do you:

I had a job once where ties were mandatory, back in the distant past. I was theoretically a "database administrator", but all they had me doing was just data-entry work, since I was the low man on the totem pole (no seniority and next-to-no experience).

After I'd been there about a month, I was in a hurry one morning and forgot my tie. Nobody seemed to notice. About a week later, I "forgot" it again. Then a couple more times in the next week or two. Then I just quit wearing it entirely. I eventually got one or two comments about it from the other techs, more in the spirit of friendly ribbing than anything else, but, aside from that, nobody ever commented on it or showed any sign of disapproval at my noncompliance.

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Re^2: You've just spilled something on your tie at lunch... Do you:
by apl (Monsignor) on Sep 23, 2007 at 14:06 UTC
    I had a coworker who did the same thing. Ultimately, a (pointy-haired) manager reproted him to Human Resources*, who Officially Reprimanded him.

    His response was to start wearing bow-ties and sneakers...


    * Yeah, I know. That and $2 will get you a Starbucks latte. But it did impact his bonus...

      I used to work in one of those types of places. It was a university, and I had been wearing ties to work (a throwback to when people actually saw me), but when I switched to the department of sysadmins, my manager told me to stop wearing them.

      It also didn't help that due to some positive reinforcement of the heater on the floor below, my cubicle would get over 85F. (took us a while to figure it out, and it wasn't because they actually called in facilities over it ... it took a machine room hitting 110F one evening) ... but anyway, I got in the habit of wearing in t-shirts, and keeping a dress shirt and tie in the office for meetings. Of course, one day, we were trying to clean up a problem, and then our manager rushed us to some 'all hands' meeting. Of course, in getting there late, we were forced to sit in the front ... of a circle. And they were introducing the people in our department to everyone else. ... and I was wearing a shirt that said 'Some people are alive simply because it's illegal to kill them'.

      Needless to say, the executive director wasn't pleased, and decided to issue a memo on his interpretation of the dress code. I tried explaining that a t-shirt qualifies as a 'shirt with a collar', as it has a 'crew neck collar', and they'd need to amend he dress code to say 'dress collar'. They also didn't appreciate my purchase of an embroidery machine to put 'a collar' on a shirt. Or that I pointed out that their restricting logos on shirts meant that the shirts they distribued to some of the other departments vioated the dress code. They also didn't appreciate when I wore a gorget to meet the 'collar' requirement (although, I think it had more to do with the platemail).

      I kept it up, until I finally got fired for 'use of sarcasm'.

      Whereas, at my new job, I wore a tie in for the first week, and by Friday, I was told 'if you wear a tie in again, I'll string you up by it'. It's much less stressful, but unfortunately, now I don't have an outlet for all of my obnoxious ties.

        They also didn't appreciate when I wore a gorget to meet the 'collar' requirement (although, I think it had more to do with the platemail).

        Aw, man... I know what I'm wearing to work the day I decide to quit. :-D Thanks for the awesome idea!

      $2 gets you a latte?? Where they heck do you live? ;)


      ___________
      Eric Hodges

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