Alterations

by Deborah Z Mark

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High School yearbooks.

Do you still have one?

Remember when you got your yearbook?  You leafed through the brand new glossy pages, eagerly searching for photos of yourself and your friends.  You laughed aloud as you remembered the year in pictures: Homecoming, football/basketball/baseball games, Prom, and everything in between.

You passed your book around for people to sign, hoping they would say good things about you.

Sometimes you struggled to find things to write to students you didn’t know well.  Or you fretted over what to say to that cute girl or guy from biology class.  (“Have an awesome summer!” was always safe.  But would “Luv ya!” send the wrong message??)

Permanent Ink

Yearbooks (like tattoos) are forever.

Imagine your dismay if you received your yearbook and located your picture, only to find that  alterations had been made without your knowledge or permission.

That’s what happened to some students at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah.

Photos of some female students were airbrushed to bring them in line with the school’s dress code, which prohibits tank tops, low cut tops, and inappropriate slogans on clothing.  No photos of male students were altered.

The school stated that dress code warnings were issued prior to picture day, and a large sign was posted to alert students that photos would be altered to correct dress code violations.  Students and parents disagree, and say there were no signs or prior warnings.

Sounds like a failure to communicate.

Spell it Out

Schools and businesses alike need to clearly communicate their dress codes.

Whether your company attire is all business or business casual, be sure to spell out your dress code in your employee handbook.

If your customer service reps have different requirements than your warehouse employees, put it in writing.   If Fridays are casual days and jeans are allowed to be worn by everyone, put it in writing.  If all your employees are required to wear purple socks on Tuesdays, put it in writing.

If your handbook does not already include a dress code, create an addendum and have all employees sign off on it.  State clear consequences for violations.

And enforce them.

Get the picture?

Oh, and have an awesome summer!

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