Bank Hapoalim dresses up

The new dress code for Hapoalim employees provides guidelines of "do's and don't's" of what to wear at work.

bank hapoalim logo 88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
bank hapoalim logo 88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Following a global trend toward increased formality, Bank Hapoalim is subjecting its employees to a new conservative and more professional dress code to improve appearance and services at the bank's branches across the country. "The trend is turning back towards more traditional or conservative wear at work," Christopher Sulavik, author of the Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing, told The Jerusalem Post. "It is much harder, in particular for men, to do casual wear well. Although you don't have to look like an accountant every day, you have to look professional." Therefore, he added, issuing dress codes is important. "Having written dress codes makes it easier for everyone and in particular human resources to have conversations about workers' appearances, which is a highly personal issue," Sulavik said. The new dress code for Bank Hapoalim employees provides guidelines of "do's and don't's" of what to wear at work aimed at conveying a professional business look to customers. Female employees are instructed to wear buttoned blouses or shirts in light colors to go with trousers or skirts in darker colors and a buttoned jacket in dark shades. The dress code for male employees includes a buttoned shirt, tailored dark trousers, a buttoned jacket in dark colors and a tie, preferably in red or maroon shades. To help employees attain these upscale appearances, Bank Hapoalim is providing financial assistance for them to buy clothes at a number of fashion chains, including H&O, Castro and Golf. Other banks, such as Bank of Jerusalem, already have an official dress code that is part of the bank's ethical code. It forbids T-shirts, sandals, belly shirts, blouses or tops with a big decolletage and jeans. While Bank Leumi does not have an official dress code, it said there was a consensus that jeans or T-shirts were not acceptable to wear at work. "Lately, business suits, also in Israel, are coming back into fashion for men and for women," said Dina Fromowitch, marketing and human resources manager at Bank of Jerusalem. "We don't have a uniform dress code, so that employees have the freedom to choose their own personal dress style according to their preferences." Ahead of the start of its winter season, the Knesset in October announced the enforcement of a new dress code. "Entrance to the Knesset will be barred to anyone wearing unbecoming attire, such as sleeveless T-shirts, short pants, jeans and, for women, short T-shirts that expose the midriff," Knesset director-general Avi Balashnikov said. The order appeared to be aimed specifically at the local media and parliamentary staffers. Earlier this year, the Prime Minister' Office issued a similar dress code after a female journalist arrived at a news conference in a skin-baring top. The Knesset code does not permit visitors to enter the institution wearing tank-tops, shorts or jeans. Croc shoes are not permitted unless they are black or navy. Men may not enter wearing sandals, and women are not permitted to enter wearing belly-shirts.