Are we too casual?

More than one-third of executives polled by Cleveland-based search firm Management Recruiters International Inc. (MRI) said casual dress has gotten too casual.

"More than two years ago, we conducted a survey of hiring executives about the future of casual dress in the American workplace. Forty percent thought that the suit and tie would eventually vanish from the workplace," said Allen Salikof, president and CEO of MRI.

"But perhaps the pendulum has swung too far," Salikof said. "Attire such as open-toed shoes, tank tops and shorts or sweat suits should be considered too casual for the workplace. Yet more people are dressing in this manner at both start-up entities and Fortune 100 companies alike."

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