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Paycom forces employees to go business casual…

First they came for remote work. Then they changed everyone’s job roles. Now Paycom is taking its war on employees to a place where it really hurts – the bedroom closet!

Thanks to a tip via the Ogle Mole Network, we’ve learned that Paycom is reinstituting a “business casual” dress code for all employees effective April 29th.

The move is the latest attempt by the company to undo all the employee-friendly culture changes it instituted during the pandemic, and ushers in a complete and total return to the stale corporate normal.

Here are the details via an internal company announcement:

On the topic of “professionalism,” know what’s not very professional?

Hiring someone to do a specific job under the pretense they could work from home and wear whatever they want, and then within a year, changing that person’s job role, telling them they have to come back to the office, and, worst of all, saying they have to wear a boring new wardrobe from Ross.

Although this sucks for some Paycom employees, they shouldn’t worry too much.

During my corporate marketing days, I had a wide variety of corporate jobs with “business casual” dress codes, so I know what it’s like to have to iron the slacks and fluff the Polo shirt in the dryer each morning. Yes, it’s all kind of lame and dehumanizing, but humans are adaptable creatures and we get used to it pretty fast.

Also, just because the dress code is business casual doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. For example, look at these awesome styles that employees climbing the corporate ladder can equally mimic:

See? Isn’t that professional? Nothing says I’m a hard-working corporateer than a tie-less Oxford, crisp blazer, or even a vest! This new policy will obviously lead to Paycom being named the greatest company of all time by Jos. A. Bank.

Paycom employees did have some follow-up questions about the new policy, such as “Is there anything we can’t wear?” and “Do we at least get a casual Friday?”

Paycom had the answers ready to go:

Yep, all hope is not lost! You get to wear jeans – with an awkwardly tucked in polo shirt – on Fridays. Since Paycom seems to use Initech as a model for its corporate culture, I wonder if they’ll also have Hawaiian shirt days.

Anyway, it will be interesting what other changes the company implements over the next year to make its employees miserable. I’d assume the betting favorites are an increase in health insurance premiums, or limiting the amount of family photos you can include in a cubicle.

Stay with The Lost Ogle. We’ll keep you advised.

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