Our expert says:
Hi Tshi, I think your gut feel is correct and that the more formal approach is the better one, especially in a more senior position. Not only does it make you feel sharper, but if you are in a client-facing role it makes them feel more valued. I expect that you will see more people gravitate towards you as they start to get to know you.
There is a point though where you will find that you cross swords with the company culture, which is probably wearing a tie. Also, sometimes you can accommodate them e.g. on Fridays by wearing casual clothes, or a bafana-bafana or springboks jersey, indicating that you are in touch with the world. Lastly, your dress code could be the reason why you will get other organisations asking you to come and work for them.
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