Working from home in recent weeks has meant that virtual meetings are becoming the norm for many, both socially and professionally. With that comes a view of us in our homes that others did not previously have. While it is acceptable to dress casually while sitting on the sofa with a drink in hand during a social on-camera get together, a business meeting often means adhering to a more formal dress code and sitting in a more neutral location in your home. Elevate that meeting to a virtual court attendance, and the requirement to preserve decorum is all the more essential.

Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone appreciates the importance of these common-sense expectations. This led to a Broward County judge reprimanding attorneys for attire infractions, reported here, which included appearing shirtless and appearing in bed under the covers!

Although I had a good chuckle over this, it does remind us of the importance of maintaining appearances in a professional setting, which can also positively impact our performance. So the next time you are tempted to attend a work meeting or court hearing in your bedroom with a casual shirt on, consider wearing a blazer and sitting in your home office instead. But please stay seated, and we won’t tell anyone about the sweat pants!

Have a great day,

Natalia Angelini