I am not an unprofessional. When I'm at work, I am a stickler for regulation. It is actually one of the unspoken requirements of my position. No one can work that way 100% of the time but I do much more so than any one of my peers. Except in one aspect.
I don't own a suit. It would be just fine with me if I never have to buy one. I don't think they look nice. I'm not a presidential candidate nor will I ever intend to be associated with anyone in politics.
I work with computers. Simply because I assist high ranking executives shouldn't force me to feel guilt for not wearing a clone suit like they do. I don't ride home in a black luxury car. I don't earn 6 - 8 figures. It is rare but on some occasions I do have to get into some really dirty places to do my job.
The problem is I don't know when these situations arise and I don't know when the executive helicopter will land.
Perhaps my lack of willingness to wear a leashed monkey suit has been detrimental to my career. I don't like to think that it may have kept me from obtaining a much higher income but I must acknowledge the possibility regardless of how unfair that may be.
If I reach a certain level of income I wouldn't mind wearing comfortable slacks but never a suit.
One of the major reasons why I don't like them is not because they are terribly uncomfortable and motion restrictive but because I don't think I look right in one. I feel like I look like one of those guys talking to the judge requesting a furlough wearing a rented suit.
It just doesn't look right. Let me wear my jeans, a t-shirt and some comfortable tennis shoes and I will do a noticeably better job. Not out of gratitude but as a direct result to my increased mobility and comfort.
Why doesn't Main St. understand this? How many of us actually deal with outside "customers" in business anymore?