Like Japan’s corporates, young Delhi executives also want to do their bit for the environment and wear shorts to work! Earlier this month, Japan’s environment minister launched the Super Cool Biz campaign, under which, corporates have been asked to ditch formal attire — suits, ties and jackets — in favour of cooler tees and shorts. This, they say, will cut down air conditioning costs and electricity usage in offices.
On World Environment Day, as the mercury continues to rise in Delhi, young corporates wish they had a similar dress code. “It’s very hot right now and we would love to come to office in casuals,” says Richa Sachdeva of AmEx. Though Mohit Monga, a sales manager at Religare Arts, is not sure if casuals are appropriate for work, he says, “I’d love to go in shorts, then we can even turn down the a/c.”
Some HR managers are also open to the idea. “If employees want, we will allow them to wear such casuals for a month or so, as it’s really hot in Delhi,” says Navraj Sharma, HR head at Ashlar Securities. “We could consider such a policy as long as people don’t dress indecently,” says Subahankar Roy Chowdhury, head HR, Lenovo India.But not everyone is game. “Every place has a dress code and it’s necessary to follow that to invoke a sense of discipline,” says Sumukhi Vaish, an analyst.