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serviced etc). The flow on is that the
incidence of high stress/depression in
this country would greatly improve.
Mark Lennon FCA replied:
Unfortunately, and with the greatest
of respect, I don’t think it is that easy.
The theory is fine, but I have found
too often that the practical, real-life
scenario is entirely different. Having
work-enabled facilities at home often
blurs the distinction between “now I’m
at work, and so I work” versus “now
I’m home, and so I’m with my family”.
I have seen, and experienced, where
work-enabled facilities at home results
in the employee spending valuable time
with their family and then working late
into the night – depriving themselves
of essential sleep. Just like technology
(computers) was supposed to lead to
use of less paper, and didn’t, please
be careful when assuming that work-
enabled technology at home results in a
better work/life balance.
Judith Pinny CA replied: I think this
topic should be working parents. The
working mothers need some support
from their employers too. Not only
this, but working daughters and sons.
We are entering an age where parents
are living longer, but are dependent
on their children for support. Looking
after the whole family is a tough job.
Alice Fay Ruhe CA replied:
Interesting topic, however I am a
little concerned that we are talking
only about working fathers in this
context. My husband and I are both
chartered accountants. He is currently
the primary caregiver for our four-
month-old baby girl and I continue to
be a full-time partner in my firm. At
this exact time, here am I checking
emails at the breakfast table, while
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my husband is getting our daughter
up and preparing a bottle for her feed.
The more we distinguish between
“mothers” and “fathers” and not
merely “parents” we will never resolve
any underlying bias there may be.
time think that the plight of working
mothers is more important that that of
working fathers, I just think we should
all be considered equally.
Read more: Economics
journalist Jessica Irvine
explores this topic further on page 38.
Acuity magazine said: Casual
Friday is well established in many
businesses and office dress codes
increasingly stress “smart casual”
over traditional business attire.
Are suits and ties still necessary
in the workplace?
Carl Hill CA replied: I haven’t worn a
suit to work since my job interview two
years ago. We all wear smart casual
in the office all the time; it’s very
uncommon for someone to wear a suit
and tie. Wearing a suit doesn’t make us
do our job any better so we might as
well be comfortable.
David Fletcher CA replied: I generally
wear a suit and a business shirt every
day of the week, or at least Monday to
Thursday – but definitely no tie. Ties
are an anachronism in this day and
age. I haven’t worn one for around ten
years or so.
Graeme Harvey CA replied: As a
professional, offering a professional
service to my clients, I think the image
that you portray through your attire is
important. So I wear a suit and tie every
day. That being said, in the firm where
and the clients seem to accept that.
But I find if I am dressed professionally
I act more professionally and my
productivity is higher.
Mark Rembish CA replied: I seriously
question the relevance of a tie in the
day-to-day work week. Jackets yes.
However, the importance of being
well presented cannot be understated.
Crisp, clean, and polished are far more
important than a tie. Casual Fridays
should be abolished. If you are at work,
regardless of the day of the week, you
should be dressed appropriately to
reflect an image of attention to detail,
skill, knowledge and confidence.
Donald Luscombe FCA replied: Ties
are from a past era. We don’t wear hats
any more but they were an essential
part of the business uniform 50–60
years ago. Smart casual is the go with
jeans, collared shirt and a coat quite
Steven Bliim CA replied: You’ve
definitely got to pick your audience
when it comes to the choice of attire.
If you spend all day either in the back
office or over the phone and email,
I think it would be very difficult to
justify insisting staff wear a suit and
tie at all times. Even if you’re meeting
company suppliers or advisors, then
there’s definitely got to be a level
of discretion you can apply. On the
other hand, I think it makes a good
impression fronting a room full of
investors at an event like an AGM
wearing a well-tailored suit and tie.
Also it’s important to wear black/dark
socks when wearing black shoes. The
number of grads kicking around with
a white sock black shoe combo during
the summer is ridiculous.
Read more: For another spin on
fashion, read Vanessa Mickan’s
article on page 46 about Aussies and
Kiwis making it big in the New York
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