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Old 4th May 2012, 12:22
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Unhappy Nats dress code

Great! Management have now decided to introduce a dress code. After working for this company for more than a decade, they seem to think having their ATCO's and assistants in ' smart/casual' is going to improve profits. Having read the email from 'management' it seems, somehow we have made them 'sad' by not looking professional. So, it's not the the quality of our work that's getting more business, maybe, but losing thousands of pounds by wearing shorts and flip flops. Alas it seems the days are gone that you can go to work feeling comfortable and relaxed in what one wears. Thanks Prospect you did a great job again. A petty rant I know, but I feel most of my colleagues would agree.
Bye bye flip flops I'll miss you.
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Old 4th May 2012, 12:34
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Time to dust off the ole Tuxedo again then.....?

If they are mandating what we have to wear...will there be an "enhancement" in salary to cover my new "smart casual" dress? Or should I just exhale.......

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Old 4th May 2012, 12:39
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This is one that gripes me, what does it actually matter what you wear to work in our profession.

Do I give a better service wearing shirt and trousers than I do jeans and a t-shirt?
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Old 4th May 2012, 12:52
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In my experience it's something to be embraced. Plus you can really rip the a*se out of it by wearing some ridiculous combinations.

Tuxedo Tuesday is a good un
Dress down Friday = Dress Friday, wear a lovely summer frock

Kilts could be good if you are a Jock.
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Old 4th May 2012, 13:00
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What, you mean suit and tie isn't the norm everywhere??

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Old 4th May 2012, 13:17
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now is that "Smart Casual" or "Smart/Casual". One means smart or casual, the other means relaxed business dress
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Old 4th May 2012, 13:21
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Will it still be the "refugee from a 70s rock festival" look for the tech staff? That were all the rage at West Drayton.
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Old 4th May 2012, 13:40
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I suppose they'll introduce 'wear what you want days' and charge you £2 to go to charity. The charity would be sending the managements kids to private school.
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Old 4th May 2012, 14:01
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Great news. I'll put my old SERCO/IAL uniform on e-bay .
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Old 4th May 2012, 14:58
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Or should I just exhale.......
Oh bugger, there go his shirt buttons again!
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Old 4th May 2012, 16:09
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there go his shirt buttons again

Cheeky git...never mind I will have my NATS issued smart casual company issued work shirt to fall back on .........
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Old 4th May 2012, 16:32
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Haven't checked with the off-spring yet ( he's on an afternoon) to find out what this is all about! But does it mean a return to smelly old M&S suits?
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Old 4th May 2012, 16:48
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Swing through Asia, gets them to dress you fellas in some tailor made gear.

You can have anything you want in your suits, Green pants, yellow jacket, red shoes. Bring some color and happiness to your management.

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Old 4th May 2012, 16:49
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Originally Posted by Brian 48nav
does it mean a return to smelly old M&S suits
.....and a haircut?
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Old 4th May 2012, 16:57
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I have always been a great believer in the principle that one works best when in a comfortable environment, and that means that within the bounds of decency and respect for one's colleagues, people should wear what they like.

I broke ground in one company I worked for by rebelling against the 'jacket, proper trousers, and tie' rule and suggesting that my team did the same. Nobody abused it, some people remained 'smart' and other went to 'smart casual' or even 'scruffy casual'. One of my directors told me that I didn't look like the head of a department, to which I replied 'good' which rather took him by surprise. My team were happier, more relaxed and productive, and it gradually spread through the whole department. External customers also appreciated a more relaxed environment.

As far as I am concerned the person who invented ties should have one firmly and tightly tied around his manhood or his neck until the blood stops flowing.
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Old 4th May 2012, 17:35
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Surely NATS will be employing that Chinese bloke with the glasses, Wok, (or something like that), as 'Director Staff Apparel'.
"For the usual fee, plus expenses". (Apologies to Mark Knopfler).
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Old 4th May 2012, 17:35
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Dear All,

As NATS becomes more commercially focussed, Swanwick is increasingly becoming the showpiece of the company and in turn much more exposed to current and future customers. In the past few months we have not only seen a number of UK airline customers but also had potential customers from Qatar, Oman, Japan and Hong Kong visit us here and this will only increase as we continue to grow external business. Swanwick is staffed by highly professional people and I’m sure you’ll all agree that we want to create the best impression with any of our visitors by allowing them to see the professional way in which everyone works and all staff members, around whom the business revolves, rightly take pride in.

As we are now more visible than ever to external visitors it is vital that we also convey this in the way we are all seen. Sadly on recent occasions this hasn't always been the case and this, along with the change in business focus, has led to discussions with both Prospect and PCS about how to ensure we portray ourselves properly. During these discussions, the subject of dress standards has arisen. The need for a dress code has been debated in the past and hasn't previously been thought necessary, however that has now changed.

Having consulted with our trade union colleagues, Swanwick Management are committed to promoting a more professional and therefore smarter form of dress from Monday to Friday, as this is when we have the majority of visitors.

At the moment we have agreed that it is not necessary to be overly prescriptive and so there will be no strict rules associated with this. However as a rule of thumb smart/casual’ should be considered as the benchmark. If you require guidance on what ‘smart/casual’ should constitute then your line manager or Ops Supervisor will be able to help you.

Sooooo, Swanwick only then? Seems fair considering there are no other units in NATS........ Don't Prestwick and the towers get visitors then?

To be fair i have noticed alot more visitors in the ops room recently, standing behind me, talking loudly, leaning over a vacant assistants position so they can see ifacts. I wonder if they'll be more offended by my flip flops or by me telling them to bugger off because they are distracting me?

The way i dress has nothing to do with how proffessionally i do my job, and frankly either a visitor can tell that or not by how i'm working not by what i'm wearing.
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Old 4th May 2012, 17:39
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Is it really that much for NATS to ask its employees who get paid a lot of money, to wear smart clothes?

By smart it does not mean chinos and shirt. It means no jeans with the arse ripped out of them or T-shirts with obscene messages written on them. The e-mail that announced it gave very good reasons why they are asking for this.

For the amount of money we get paid, I personally don't think it is to much to ask.

FFS, they even say it is only Mon-Fri when visitors are more likely to appear.
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Old 4th May 2012, 17:43
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Uniform dress already exists. It consists of grubby jeans and a stained crumpled T shirt. Everbody trying to look hip and individual end up looking exactly the same.
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