You had to have been living under a rock to not have witnessed the media frenzy over Facebook the past few weeks. Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, rang NASDAQ’s opening bell this past Friday, as the company became public. Every move has been scrutinized leading up to the opening. Really, I have never seen such coverage of one company (that is not involved in a scandal) from so many angles.
In the continuous stream of news and visuals, what strikes me most is Zuckerberg’s consistent relaxed dress. He can be found in jeans, a T-shirt and hoodie every day. I am all about relaxed office dress codes – casual Fridays! – but there is power, authority and respect in a suit.
There is a time and place for everything and while some may think his casual dress is part of an effort to change business, I think such relaxed attire is inappropriate in the business atmosphere. Non-verbal cues including dress often speak louder than words. Even as business changes while millennials take over the jobs of baby boomers, I don’t see the suit going away.