Gone are the days when there appeared to be a very clear standard of workplace attire in the office. The work culture has changed and with it the expectations of dress. Suits, ties, no trousers on women and tights are now often deemed as old fashioned or even archaic. Even where companies wish to introduce a code and standard they balk from doing so at the risk of offending their staff. However, even in a casual environment, it’s best to let your staff know what you will or won’t accept in terms of work attire.
Arcana Academy, a small L.A.-based ad agency, has an interesting employee dress code: Its female employees are often photographed wearing schoolgirl outfits. While we first noticed the costume choices in a shop portrait in the current issue of Adweek—the founders reportedly assured the magazine that the outfits were worn at the female staffers' request—it looks like this isn't a one-time occurrence.
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Disney (DIS) recently fired some of its senior executives who were in charge of its new venture in Hawaii, a mini theme park.  The issue centered around executives underestimating costs thereby putting the profitability of the venture in jeopardy.
Amid record high temperatures to Sweden last month, temperatures inside un-air-conditioned cars on Stockholm commuter trains reached about 95° Fahrenheit (35° Celsius), and male train drivers sweltered in long pants. Their company dress code prohibited short pants, while female employees could wear skirts.
There may come a day when theme park companies see a backlash among vacationers, who refuse to pay ever-high admissions prices. But that day hasn’t come yet. Late last spring, in what’s become an annual event timed to coincide roughly with the end of the school year, the nation’s big theme parks hiked admissions prices. Universal Studios acted first, raising the price of a one-day adult ticket to $92 (“just” $86 for kids), and Disney soon followed, increasing a single day’s park admission from $89 up as high as $95 for adults.
Air Canada is hoping its new low-cost carrier, Rouge, will give the country’s largest carrier an opportunity to refresh its image both aesthetically and in terms of customer experience.
And it’s reaching out to the experts to do so: The Walt Disney Co.
“We’re going for a relaxed casual, yet stylish look,” Michael Friisdahl, Air Canada Rouge chief executive, said in an interview Monday.