Now, Hip Companies Have Formal Fridays
Because they're casual the rest of the time
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2013 2:45 PM CST
Suits are cool, now.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Casual Friday is something of a non sequitur in the denim-clad offices of Silicon Valley and other modern American employers—every day is casual. So a select number of hip, nonconformist companies are going the other way, and encouraging everyone to dust off their suit, ties, and dresses ahead of the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reports. Practitioners include such well-known companies as Zynga, Peet's Coffee, and even Facebook.

"There may be a drop of irony to it," says one Facebook designer. "But more than that I think it's a nod to the culture of transcending corporate politics." Plus, he adds, "sometimes you just want to bring the heat for no particular reason at all, and Corporate Friday is your opportunity to suit up." Some companies say the attire makes them more productive as well. "I feel like a banker," says the CEO of one startup, "and I want to produce."

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Duncan Murtagh
Jul 17, 2015 3:45 AM CDT
It is interesting to analyze the positive effects of Formal Friday, especially as some employees even state that the suits and formal wear increase their productivity. As a result, it is definitely a good idea to try it for yourself and analyze the results. You can find interesting ideas here https://www.getvetter.com/posts/190-formal-fridays-meet-casual-friday-s-arch-enemy.
793tango
Jan 5, 2013 5:36 PM CST
The closest thing our company has for 'casual Fridays' is that we're allowed to wear BLUE shirts with our suits and ties instead of WHITE. Makes the company holiday party a little dull because all the men are basically wearing the same clothes they wear to work while the women really dress up. There's a woman in another office who works as a driver. At the company party almost no one recognises her because she's all dressed up.It's funny.
YetAnotherCollegeKid
Jan 5, 2013 6:56 AM CST
This makes me inexplicably happy. Imagining a bunch of people who work on phone games and live in the college atmosphere of Facebook showing up and coding the physics of bird catapults while dressed like lawyers and bankers is just funny.