5-speed listening (Business Suit - Level 2)

Business suits and ties worn less and less






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More companies around the world are letting staff not wear a suit and tie. In the past, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. Today, this is becoming less important. Companies want their workers to dress more casually. Staff will feel more relaxed and work harder. The latest international company to relax its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It asked its workers to "exercise good judgment" in deciding what to wear. It said the change was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment".

Some business people think more casual dress is not good. The founder of the investment company 7IM said not wearing a suit could give a bad image to clients. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not expect to hand over my pension to someone in jeans....It may be old-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand will be perceived." Companies like Google let staff dress casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

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