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Formality is like a virus that infects the productive tissue of an organization. The symptoms are stiffness, stuffiness, and inflexibility – its origin never with those who do but with those that don’t. (…)
Formality is more than a dress code, of course. It infects how people talk, write, and interact. It eats through all the edges and the individuality, leaving only the square behind. In other words, it’s all about posture, not productivity.
And once you place being proper above getting great work done, it’s unlikely that you’ll attract the best and most creative minds to work for you.
After today’s BestWorst with some great comments by Ally on overdressing for work, I just came across this really fitting post by David Heinemeier Hansson from the 37signals team from a few days ago. Worth a read, especially if you work in a very corporate office.