Carl T. Holscher is a compiler, writer, tinkerer, coder, designer, thinker living in Bethesda, MD.
I’ve been saying this for years!
I work in tech support. I routinely crawl around on the floor under desks or in server rooms and network closets. I start out with nicely black dress shoes and black slacks and a polo shirt. As the days and weeks draw on, my shoes become scuffed and scratched. My pants get worn and start to fall apart. My polo shirts are fine, if not stuffy.
I have never understood how dressing up in “business casual” attire increases my ability to repair computers.
I understand no one in an office wants a guy in a t-shirt and jeans to show up in flip flops and take over their mouse and keyboard. But I don’t see why a polo shirt, jeans and sneakers is outside the realm of possibility.
If I didn’t have to crawl around on the floor, I wouldn’t mind wearing nice clothes as much. However, when you show up to your next appointment covered in dust, debris and the long-forgotten things dropped under desks, how is that any more professional than jeans and sneakers?