Jim Shea: Thoughts on Dress Code for DMV Employees

Sorry, Speedos are definitely out

Following a survey, there are now discussions going on at the Department of Motor Vehicles over how employees who deal with the public should dress for work.

Right now, the general guidelines call for employees to dress "casual business." Good luck, of course, defining "casual business."

I mean, when I worked in sports years ago, " casual business" was such that to take advantage of "dress-down" Friday people would have had to come in wearing flip-flops and Speedos.

Anyway, there seems to be general consensus at DMV that "casual business" does not include:

Cutoffs, clothing with slogans or messages, tight stretch pants, leggings, Spandex, halter tops, short skirts, beach wear, jogging suits, and footwear such as sneakers, flip flops and slippers.

While most of these clothing rules seem reasonable, personally I would allow an employee to wear slippers as long as he or she was also wearing a bathrobe. But that's me.

As a member of the public that has to deal with the DMV from time to time, my major criteria for workplace apparel there would be speed. By that I mean I want them wearing clothing that will facilitate their moving around more quickly.

As anyone who has ever spent time sitting in a plastic chair at a DMV office waiting for their number to be called knows, the people behind the counter are, well, strollers, not sprinters.

Maybe it's their clothing choices that keep them from moving about faster? Maybe they need to wear things that provide less wind resistance?

What I'm thinking is one of those Lycra suits that speed skaters wear, you know, the ones with the Spider Man hoods.

As for footwear, the DMV might consider laying down a synthetic track surface behind the counter and providing employees with cleats, which would give them better traction and allow them to cut more crisply between stations.

Gut Reaction to Governor Malloy

During an appearance on "Morning Joe," last week, Gov. Malloy let it drop that he can do a thousand sit-ups.

That's a lot of sit-ups.

Politicians are always looking to connect with Joe Six Pack. Is Malloy trying to connect with Joe Six Pack abs? You have to think that's not a huge voting block.

Malloy's sit-up claim poses all kinds of questions:

Does he do 1,000 sit-ups all at once?

How long does it take?

What kind of sit-ups?

Who keeps count?

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