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Changing with the times: What is and isn't acceptable in the workplace in 2020

Posted at 8:40 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 08:40:02-05

CLEVELAND — As we head into the new decade, it may be time to leave some old ways in the past, especially at work.

In a survey conducted by consulting firm Robert Half, 92% of Cleveland-area managers agree that organizations are less formal than 10 years ago.

“The baby boomers are looking to retire, we have the millennials, we have Generation X and the younger generation is really putting forth this shift of things being more relaxed and concentrating on the core product,” said Erin Spirnak, the branch manager at Robert Half in Cleveland.

In the survey, the biggest changes in etiquette trends are hair colors, piercings and tattoos. Forty two percent of people surveyed said they don’t mind visible tattoos, 40% don’t mind non-traditional hair colors, 40% embrace casual attire, and 36% accept non-traditional piercings.

The survey said 47% of people think the rise of start ups and tech companies are to blame for a more relaxed work environment.

Here are some of the don’ts:

  • 56% of people surveyed said cursing and strong language is still considered inappropriate.
  • 52% said do not bring your pet to work.
  • 43% said you should not have political decor out or talk about politics.