Nails must not be longer than 1.5mm long. Skirts must hit the middle of the knee exactly. Flesh-coloured underwear is encouraged.Swiss bank UBS doesn’t seem to have any qualms about imposing this draconian dress code on its employees. Reuters got hold of a 52-page UBS internal document that advises staff in five pilot scheme branches on how to make a good impression with customers. The answer? Flesh-coloured underwear and stockings, avoiding smelly foods, and no tobacco. And female employees must wear make-up that gives off the impression of “competence”. And wearing too-tight underwear is a big no-no, too. The guide really covers everything imaginable:
- Employees must apply perfume as soon as they get out of the shower, not while dressed.
- Women are allowed to wear no more than seven jewels, at the risk of appearing too fussy.
- No new shoes
- Women’s skirts should hit the middle of the knee exactly.
- Men’s fingernails must not be any longer than 1.5mm long
- Men may not dye their hair (“artificial colour contrasts excessively with the actual age of your skin”)
- No knotting your tie in shapes that “don’t match the morphology of the face”
- No eating garlic or onions at lunch
- Men must not wear socks that are too short and show your skin while sitting
- Men must see a barber every four weeks to maintain your haircut shape
- Only black socks with no pattern are authorised
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