Cyprus Mail

End of the line for the office suit and tie?

A suit and tie are often regarded as too formal for the modern office place, 76 per cent of business people in Cyprus believe.

This was one of the findings from new research by workspace provider Regus the results of which were published on Wednesday.

According to the survey of almost 40,000 workers around the world more than a quarter (27 per cent) of workers in Cyprus confess to working in their underpants at home, above the world average. In addition, the acceptance of wearing flip flops and tracksuits at work in Cyprus is at 21 per cent and 42 per cent respectively, also figures above the world average.

Suggesting that the traditional business attire of suit and tie are reaching the end of the line, 79 per cent of business people around the world reported that jeans are now considered as suitable office attire; and 51 per cent now regard T-shirts as suitable work clothes. Home workers generally conform to stereotype with 43 per cent saying they sometimes work in their pyjamas or even underwear (20 per cent). However, four fifths (82 per cent) rush to smarten up before a video call.

“Today’s office place has radically changed in many aspects,” Katerina Manou, general manager of Regus for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria stated,” not only is the technology we use much more advanced, but less rigidly vertical hierarchies are in place. It’s hardly surprising that in this rapidly changing scenario people’s view on business dress code have also changed. While a suit and tie remain standard in only a few areas of businesses, jeans and smart-casual attire are now common well outside the creative industries. Perhaps also influenced by Silicon Valley’s casual and much talked-about attitudes to work wear, workers now expect a more laid back approach to office dressing. That said, there are still some important cultural boundaries and business people in most countries draw the line at flip flops and gym clothes.”

Regus provides flexible office solutions with a network of 2,800 locations across 106 countries and has offices in Limassol and Nicosia.

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