Timeless Style Around the Water Cooler

The HR news that’s making waves for the week ending October 26th, 2012:

  • Many companies have a dress code. But whether it’s business casual or a specific uniform, few take style requirements as seriously as Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO. An article this week in Bloomberg provides the details of an age discrimination lawsuit brought against CEO Michael Jeffries by the clothing company’s former pilot.A piece of evidence in the case is an “Aircraft Standards” manual that outlines the dress code for employees. According to the court documents, Jeffries required “clean-shaven” male attendants to wear a uniform of Abercrombie polo shirts, boxer briefs, flip-flops and a “spritz” of the retailer’s cologne. If you have been accused of being a dress code stickler, this article might make you feel less guilty.

In most industries, management shouldn’t regulate underwear choices.

  • Now we transition from style in the air to style at your desk. A photo slideshow on NPR.com this week features the work of Meggan Gould, who has devoted years to photographing hundreds of different subjects’ computer screens and desktop settings.Gould tells NPR she is “fascinated with how people build up personal spaces for themselves both on a physical desktop with tangible objects and on a screen with pixel representations of objects.” What does the style of your personal space say about you?
  • Some adjustments to your communication style might make it easier to negotiate a higher salary. An article in Mashable this week provides 8 tips on how to get a wage boost including the suggestion of not backing down at the first sign of resistance. The piece stresses that the first 30 seconds are critical to the negotiation process and the author urges readers to be direct and succinct when discussing salary.
  •  Asking for more money might not be the best way to get your boss to like you, but some advice, first introduced 100 years ago, might help put things in perspective. While some aspects of Dale Carnegie’s world famous book How to Win Friends and Influence People might seem antiquated, an article published this week on Inc.com says some of his most basic principles of business management still ring true.Experts in the article say Carnegie’s advice really boils down to making sure you “smile, think in terms of other people’s interests, and engage in a friendly way.” Some advice never goes out of style.

Need more news to feed your Friday? Check out last week’s Water Cooler

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