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You've heard it all before. Older workers wearing shirts and ties complaining about the latest crop of recent college graduates wearing tennis shoes, showing off too much skin and dressing in outfits more suited to a nightclub than a cubicle. Kids these days!
Fifteen percent of younger workers between 18-25 believe their dress codes are too strict. That number falls precipitously for older workers, which isn't surprising considering the average age of our respondents is 45. Also, only 3 percent of workers 18-25 have reported a co-worker's inappropriate clothing to HR. That number rises steadily for older workers, maxing out at 21 percent for people age 56 and older.
One logical explanation is older people have been in the workplace longer. But our survey clearly shows an increase in age brings about a definite drop in tolerance for those who don't dress appropriately at work.