Pre-Vacation Observation

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?

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

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