We have a strict policy in our office, and it's "no flip flops". We also encourage a business casual environment, yet the importance of maintaining a prepared status in the event a last minute assignment comes up. However, at no time, is it acceptable to wear flip-flops on an assignment (or in the office), even if that assignment is at the beach.
Why no flip flops? Set aside decorum, look at that heavy steel equipment? Rolling cart, heavy tripod, and off camera are heavy equipment cases. In a moment, those toes could be in severe pain. It's just risky. In addition, you can't climb well in those -- literally, you are a scant short distance from being bare foot.
Considering decorum, there are a number of stories that go along with this, try Flip Flop Scandal at the White House, or
Wearing Flip-Flops A No-No?, and to see the large photo of these ladies with The President from 2005, click here. We are in a professional office environment here. We're amongt people in suits, or dressed business casual, not "beach casual".
The photo above? An oversight on my part. I make a point of being detail oriented, scanning everything I can (to include my usual scan of my assistant's attire, save for this oversight), ensuring a professional presentation. I have, on occasion, denied an intern or assistant an assignment opportunity, leaving them in the office, and instead, taking someone from my staff who is appropriately attired. Sometimes it's not having your attire at the ready when a last minute assignment comes about, sometimes it's being too casual when we should be dressed up.
Leave the flip flops for the politicians, they're sure to satisfy on that front, and dress for success.
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