Employees within the IT sector across the UK have called for an end to the work 'stress code' as research shows that workers are being put through heightened stress due to a lack of clarity around what they are expected to wear at work.
According to a survey of 500 male and female IT workers, commissioned by jobs board totaljobs, the average worker spends five months of their life thinking about what to wear to work.
In addition to this, those within the sector will spend an average of £54 per month on clothes to wear for work. This is equivalent to £648 a year, or a massive £30,456 over the span of their career.
Two thirds of employees (63%) find it difficult choosing what to wear for work, with 32 per cent saying that the lack of a dress code leads to stressful decisions.
Surprisingly, 25 per cent of workers feel pressure to dress a certain way because of company culture and a further 24 per cent have also expressed that they have felt pressure coming from their managers.
The figures indicate that IT staff are having to put up with unwanted opinions and comments when deciding what to wear to work, which appears to be a root of the a lot of this stress.
For example, a third (32%) of workers say they have been subject to unwanted comments about their appearance at work, 20 per cent of which have been from the opposite sex. But overall, 13 per cent of those polled believe there is a lack of clarity in the workplace about company dress code, and 12 per cent have absolutely no sense of what management wants them to wear.
The research also indicated that both men and women 'dress down' for work in the UK at their peril. A fifth (20%) of workers have been told they look 'tired' when they have dressed casually, with a further 13 per cent saying they have been asked if they were sick.
Whilst it appears that workers endure a high pressure with their work wear, it's agreed on the attire that is unsuitable to wear at work, with shorts deemed as the most unacceptable item of clothing to wear to work.
David Clift, HR Director at totaljobs said, "this study really indicates the uncertainty around dress codes within the education sector and how it is leading to greater numbers of workers worrying about what they wear and what it potentially says about them.
“We hope that by revealing these findings, employers begin to understand how important it is to outline exactly what is expected in terms of the attire their employees wear to work.”