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What countries are obsessed with uniforms? What countries support Casual Friday? And what countries think it’s OK to wear a Speedo to an office party?Reuters and international market research firm Ipsos answered these questions and many more in last year’s “Proper Attire in the Workplace” survey, based on 12,691 recent interviews in 24 countries comprising 75% of the world’s GDP.
We took a look at the results and have shared the most interesting findings.
22% of U.S. workers wear some type of uniform every day, which is just below the international average of 26%
South Korea comes in second, at 47%; and China is a close third, at 46%. The U.S. is more aligned with the international average (37%)
Indonesians are the exception: 77% of the country sets aside a specific time for casual wear. India comes in second (71%), possibly because everyone is dressed smartly most of the time
Including 72% of Mexicans, 71% of Brazilians and 70% of Aussies. Americans are on the lower end of the survey, with 45% believing you need to wear a suit to work
You could say weather has something to do with it -- Aussies nearly top the list with the highest approval rating (44%) -- but then that wouldn't explain Indonesians' strong disapproval (only 5% think it's OK)
But it's no surprise that only 36% of Indians agree. The French are more divided; 55% think it's possible. The U.S. (at 62%) mirrors the worldwide consensus
Nearly all Argentinians (86%) and Spaniards (82%) agree.
There's more agreement (66% around the world) on whether senior managers should dress nicer than their subordinates
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