Michaela Wain insists that employees “take care of their appearance” when making video calls at home
Should companies enforce a dress code for working from home? Learner star Michaela Wain insists employees should wear the same clothes as in the office, but GMB viewers say productivity is more important
- Michaela Wain, from Bolton and Anju Solanki, from Chigwell appeared on GMB
- Discussed whether employees should adhere to the dress code for home video calls
- Research found that 27 percent of women were asked to dress up for phone calls
Student student and businesswoman Michaela Wain has insisted that companies should introduce dress codes while employees work from home.
The Bolton entrepreneur, who owns three construction, infrastructure and communications companies, and Anju Solanki from Chigwell, appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss a survey that found 27 percent of women were asked to look more glamorous to watch during video calls.
Mother-of-two Michaela felt that employees should “ take care of their looks and dress in the same way as they do in the office before their video calls, while the founder of consultancy Anju believes it’s more about ‘output than looks’.
Viewers were divided on the issue, some feeling it was “common sense” to dress smartly at home while working from home, while others argued that a more relaxed staff could be more productive.
Learner star Michaela Wain (pictured) has insisted that companies introduce a dress code while employees work from home
Chigwell’s Anju Solanki believes it’s more about ‘output than appearance’ when it comes to the way employees dress
Michaela said, “I think people should stick to the company’s dress code. If a woman had her top half, I wouldn’t think it was suitable for the office or a Zoom meeting.
“I don’t know why it’s a debate, you have to dress the way the company asks you to dress.”
When she wondered if she thinks employees should wear makeup, she said, “It’s not my decision to wear makeup.
“But if they came to work and looked like they just got out of bed, I’d say something. They have to take care of their appearance. ‘
Others believed that a more relaxed workforce could be more productive and that appearance has nothing to do with employee output
Some viewers believed that it is ‘common sense’ to dress smartly while working at home as this can help them feel more ‘motivated’
Anju disagreed, arguing that many employers were able to think about how their employees work through lockdown.
She said, “Lockdown has shown us that we can think and work differently and still be productive. The real question is: does what you wear affect your work?
‘As an entrepreneur I am forced to look at output – what do you bring in? what do you contribute? – about how you look. Lockdown really got us thinking. ‘
Viewers were divided, and some agreed with Anju writing, “ Clothing feel has absolutely no impact on performance or productivity. It even helps to be more relaxed. ‘
The pair appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss a survey that found 27 percent of the women asked had been asked to look more glamorous during video calls
“Anju made some really good points on GMB,” added another.
However, others argued, “Business dress code should matter at home too! I literally can’t imagine working in pajamas all day. I tried it once early during incarceration and felt slow and unmotivated. Dressing up for work gave a mental sense of the difference between home time and working time. ‘
Another agreed: “Michaela Wain always makes sense. Dress as you would for work. Not that complicated. ‘
Business owner Anju was then questioned by host Adil Ray about whether she thinks employees may seem unprofessional if they choose to wear pajamas while working from home.
Michaela ended up arguing that as an employer she would introduce the same dress code for both genders
Business owner Anju argued that the majority of the British are unlikely to be ‘in their pajamas’ all day while working
She replied, “I think it’s about being realistic about the situation. It’s round, what are you wearing? I don’t believe this whole nation of Britons is in their pajamas.
“But it can be cool baggy jeans, it can be what you feel comfortable with. Now it’s about the output. ‘
Michaela ended up arguing that as an employer she would introduce the same dress code for both genders.
She said, “It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, as long as you dress appropriately. I want all my employees to represent the brand of the company. ‘