Life’s Not a Beach at Work

    Roughly half of Canadians say flip-flops, tank
    tops, shorts and Capri pants are inappropriate for the office, with flip-flops
    topping the list, according to a new poll by

    “This really speaks to the professionalism that many Canadians value in
    the workplace,” said Gabriel Bouchard, vice president and general manager,
    Monster Canada.

    A total of 3,034 of the 6,296 English Canadians (48%) who participated in
    the recent online poll at said that all flip-flops, tank tops,
    shorts and Capri pants are inappropriate for wear at the office. One in five
    found flip-flops inappropriate summer attire. Fifteen per cent called tank
    tops inappropriate, followed by another 8% who said that shorts are not office
    material. A final 7% of respondents said that Capri pants deserve to stay in
    the closet before work.

    A similar poll in Quebec revealed somewhat surprising results. A total of
    685 of the 1,272 Quebeckers (53%) polled stated that Capri pants are the most
    inappropriate summer clothing for the office, followed by 24% of respondents
    who said that flip-flops are not suitable office shoes. Interestingly, while
    the majority said that Capri pants are an office no-no, only 10% of workers
    said that shorts and tank tops deserve to stay in the closet.

    “Though Canadian employees obviously prefer more professional attire for
    work, what is seen as summer business attire may vary,” said Bouchard. “And
    while it may be tempting to take a more relaxed approach to dressing for work
    in the summer, employees should consider that clothing choices do affect one’s
    credibility and professionalism. If there is any doubt about summer clothing
    choices, employees should look to management or speak to their HR department
    for help.”

    To view the results of the latest Monster polls and to read the current
    feature story titled, “Beach Wear Too Hot for the Office,” visit