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Dress Code

Employees of the Babcock Library are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to their position as professionals who represent the Town of Ashford. Because a position on the Library staff requires a considerable amount of time dealing with the general public, and since the public’s image of the Library is often reflected in its image of the Library staff, the Library Board of Directors has set forth the following policies regarding employee attire. As a general rule, clothing should be clean and pressed, not excessively worn or faded, and should not have holes. Staff should dress in a manner consistent with a professional office environment. This means that, in general, attire should be business casual. There may be days where certain Library functions will require formal business attire, and these instances, proper notice will be given and staff members will be expected to dress accordingly.

For specific items of dress, the following rules apply:

Footwear: Footwear must be worn, but beach sandals and slippers are not considered appropriate. Sneakers and athletic shoes are allowed provided they are clean.

Pants: Any dress slacks or casual slacks are allowed. Dress shorts and jeans are allowed, but only if they are clean, and if your supervisor approves. Sweatpants, bib overalls, spandex or other stretchy form-fitting pants are not considered appropriate.

Dresses/Skirts: Casual dresses and skirts are acceptable, provided they are of a length suitable to a professional office environment. Sleeveless dresses with spaghetti straps are not allowed.

Shirts: Casual dress shirts, golf or polo shirts, and turtlenecks are all acceptable. Shirts with inappropriate slogans or graphics are not allowed. Belly buttons should not be visible.

Piercings and body art: All visible jewelry and tattoos should be small and tasteful, and suitable to a professional office environment.

Accepted by the Babcock Library Board of Directors, August 28, 2001

Revised : December 2006