April 15, 2005

Shoeless Joe Jackson

My work environment is business casual. I wear jeans or khakis. I wear sandals mostly. My problem is, I do not wear shoes at home, so when at my desk, I kick off my shoes, curl up in my chair and work. All I need is a quilt over my lap, a cup of tea in my hand, and I’d be set. The problem occurs in that I have to REMIND myself to put my shoes on when I leave my cube.

I’ve been lucky. Typically feeling carpet on my feet when I stand alerts me to the fact I am shoeless.

Can you imagine working at a PROFESSIONAL office place that is SOOOO casual that they put out a policy that says something like, “We are a casual work environment, but for your safety, you must wear shoes.”

Holy crap. I know someone that works at this company, a company so big that if I named it every single one of you would know it, and that… is in her company policy. She said she read it three times thinking, “Am I reading this correctly? Is this company really having to tell their employees to wear shoes???!”


Posted by Boudicca at April 15, 2005 08:40 PM

It's in the lab safety plan for us too. Of course, it's probably far more dangerous for me to go shoeless in the office than you....

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 15, 2005 09:01 PM

We were laughing that it meant that someone actually came to work without shoes. It's one thing to be in your cube and not wear shoes... it's another to frickin' walk around the office!

Yeah, a lab needs shoes. They stress a certain type of shoes in some areas too... safety shoes, must be closed toed, etc.

Posted by: Boudicca at April 15, 2005 09:05 PM

It's one of the things that has made me interested in her company!!

I personally hate wearing shoes. Ask her about the time that I took my shoes off while training a class! Ah, beginner mistakes!

Posted by: Sissy at April 15, 2005 09:07 PM