Well, OK. It’s just a long weekend, but for one such as I who have been in training at a new job for lo this past month and a half, it feels like vacation. . .
Every sci-fi movie seems to suggest that, in the future, we’ll all shop at the exact same store and that store will only sell skin-tight body suits. Uniforms, really. We’ll have a choice of colors, but that’s it.
Yet the most futuristic thing to happen to most of us, the IT revolution, has done the exact opposite for the work-a-day world.
It used to be that there was a “blue-collar” and a “white collar” job. Those blue collars came from the worker’s jumpsuit that they’d wear to protect their clothing; those white collars were heavily starched cotton locked in the death grip of a silk tie. But when the Dot Com boom happened, companies were in such a panic to make sure that they had enough smart IT guys that they dropped those standards completely.
Yes, there were “dress-down Fridays” before. But that meant not wearing a tie. Here I sit in the middle of a major Rochester company’s main headquarters in jeans and sneakers. The girl a few cubes over is in sweat cloths. So, does this mean that in the future I’ll be able to come to work in my PJs, or what?