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WEARING TIES

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 24, 2013

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– What does a tie represent in the workplace?

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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on the decline of men wearing dress ties to work. They quoted a Gallup Poll that said the number of men who wear ties every day to work last year dropped to a record low of 6%. I’m not sure I agree with this number but there is no doubt ties have greatly diminished in the business world. I still put one on when I’m dealing with a customer and I do so as a sign of respect for the other party. Today it seems the only people who wear ties are politicians, newscasters, attorneys, doctors, and corporate executives, all of which do so as a sign of authority. And maybe they’re right.

Historically, learning to tie a tie marked a young man’s passage to manhood. But I don’t think there are a lot of men in the workforce who know how to tie a tie anymore, which I consider a little strange. Most newscasters know how to properly tie a tie, as do attorneys, but I’m starting to see politicians with sloppy looking ties. There are not too many things worse in a business setting than to be caught wearing a lousy clip-on.

In addition to how a tie is tied, I learned a long time ago the length of the tie and its relation to the belt buckle is important. In theory, long ties represent excessive behavior, and short ties infer personal inadequacies. Every once in awhile you see a bow tie or a western string tie, but I think they are worn more for a giggle than anything serious. The tie used to be the perfect present for holidays such as Father’s Day or Christmas, but most of the time we got a tie we wouldn’t be caught dead in. This resulted in closets full of ties we never threw away in fear we might offend someone. For example, I probably have a couple dozen ties in my closet, but I only have three that I regularly wear. I also have ties for special occasions, such as the Christmas holidays. I also have one representing my family’s Scottish Clan, but my favorite is one my father gave me years ago; It shows a series of small jackass’ sitting down with the following small letters underneath each one, “Y.C.D.B.S.O.Y.A.” Translation: “You Can’t Do Business Sitting On Your Ass.” It makes a great conversation piece.

As I said, I don’t know if I agree with the Gallup Poll’s 6% figure as I am starting to see people starting to wear ties again, particularly salesmen who use them to spruce up their image in front of customers. Frankly, they look much more professional than the typical corporate Polo shirt.

Now I know a lot of young men will read this and still be adamantly opposed to wearing ties but as I said earlier, it is a sign of respect. If this is of no interest to you, I’m sure you’ll continue to wear whatever you want, but for those of you who are interested in making a positive and professional impression, perhaps its time to go into the closet and pull out a couple of ties.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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5 Responses to “WEARING TIES”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An M.M. of Cincinnati, Ohio wrote…

    “When I retired years ago, one of my greatest pleasures was no longer having to wear a tie to the office…or anywhere else, for that matter. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn a tie since then.”

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  2. Alton Walston said

    Well, I have never been opposed to wearing ties, but I find that more and more it is the importance of what a mans says then how he is dressed. It used to be that suits and ties were the standard dress for business, but if you think about it, unless you are in the clothing business, clothes really don’t have much to do with doing business. Alan Tofflers “The Third Wave” kinda explains the wave of the future. Bill Gates found that his “Think Tank” Sessions went a lot better if the folks came dressed casually. When we moved into the industrial age, everything moved to the beat of the factories and industry but today, a great many engineer and clerical positions are accomplished at home. The need for formal attire is one the downhill slide. In most of the places today where I do business the dress is far from formal and certainly casual. However I do not recommend dressing as “Wal-Martians” to do business. I only have two ties, one for church and one for funerals. And for several years I have not had a suit, I could not find an Omar the tent maker in my area to sew one up for me, and when you get past 4X , the suits require bolts of material instead of yards. At my age “dressing up is a thing of the past. However I don’t wear jeans to lodge, but a good golf type shirt and some solid color slacks are fort there. I do admire the folks that wear ties and keep up appearances for they remind me of a time past, when we had sanity in our world Cheers ole Blake

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    An N.B. or Arlington, Washington wrote…

    “Only man, the most intelligent of God’s creations, and blessed with the power of reasoning, would cinch up his neck until he can barely breathe, and then hang a worthless piece of cloth from it!”

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