High Heels Friday

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The blog has noticed a major change in dress code over the last few months. The concept of ‘Dress Down Friday’ has begun to disappear in both the chemical industry, and the financial world.

Apparently this experience is not unique to the blog. Writing in the Financial Times today, Lucy Kellaway observes that “the casual look, which we used to regard as a sign of egalitarianism and unstuffiness, now looks sloppy”.

She notes that when the economy is bad, “we need to dress up to cheer up”. And she also mentions that a female friend of hers, recently promoted, is about to launch ‘High Heels Friday” as a way of boosting the morale of her female staff. I wonder whether my blogging colleague, Barbara, will help to lead this trend?

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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