ESD 113 has a business casual environment. We provide public-facing services to leaders at all levels of the educational system, and interact with community and staff. Business casual is a balance between a professional work environment and employee comfort and choice.
What does business casual look like?
Appropriate business casual dress includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat, a dress or skirt at knee-length or below, a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes that cover all or most of the foot. Leggings may be worn under a tunic, dress, or long sweater. Clothing should be clean and unwrinkled. This list is not exhaustive, so employees should use their best judgment.
What is not acceptable?
Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, exercise or sporting activities is generally not acceptable. Blue jeans (except on Fridays), sweatpants, shorts, and bib overalls are not appropriate, as are tops that expose shoulders or midriff, shirts with potentially offensive words or images, sweatshirts (except on Fridays), and t-shirts (unless worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket or dress).
What about “casual Friday”?
We allow (and even encourage) a more relaxed atmosphere on Fridays. But if you’re presenting, attending meetings, or representing the ESD in some other way, please stick with your normal business casual dress. Blue jeans and sweatshirts are allowed only on Fridays—actual Fridays—not your last working day of the week. And even though the dress code is relaxed a bit on Fridays, the spirit of a professional office is not.
Does this standard apply to all staff?
These guidelines were created for staff employed at the Tyee site. Generally, the more contact you have with the public, the more formally you should dress.
Some employees (like facilities staff) would be less safe, likely to damage their clothing, or unable to perform their duties in dress or business casual attire. If you’re injured, have a medical need, or on a temporary work assignment, you may use your best judgment to dress more casually.