Dress Code Policy
ABX Air requires employees to always appear for work in attire that is “professional” and suitable for the work setting. This may vary slightly from one area to another depending on the nature of the work, exposure to the general public, customers, and the environment.
This policy is intended to describe guidelines on what is considered appropriate dress for the workplace. These guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather should help set the general parameters for appropriate attire, and allow employees to use good judgement and common sense about items not specifically addressed.
Personal appearance and hygiene play an important role in projecting a professional image in the community and to the customers we serve.
Our appearance should always reflect what is appropriate for our job, work setting, and personal safety.
Work settings vary greatly across the Company. Individual departments may establish a more formal business dress policy if appropriate.
What To Wear To Work
Five categories of dress have been identified, each of which are appropriate dress under certain circumstances. These categories and examples of appropriate dress are as follows:
Business Attire – Traditional business dress. For men this would be a business suit with tie. For women, dresses or suits with either skirts or slacks. Appropriate footwear for men includes wing tips, loafers, or rubber sole shoes with socks. For women, heels, loafers, or rubber sole shoes with socks or hosiery.
Informal Business Attire – Slightly less formal than traditional business attire. For men this would be dress pants with a dress shirt or polo-type shirt worn with a jacket but no tie or a dress shirt worn with a tie but no jacket. For women, this is a skirt or dress slacks with a dressy blouse and/or sweater, or other type of top with a jacket. The intent of informal business attire is to ensure that personnel are dressed appropriately to meet with the public at a moment’s notice.
While jackets, are not required for women, they do have the effect of creating a professional appearance. For men, they do not need to be worn the entire day but must be available. Hosiery/socks are not required for women. Footwear should be selected according to the type of work performed, keeping safety, comfort, and professional appearance in mind. Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, and hats are not permitted.
Business Casual Attire – A more casual dress, such as khakis or Dockers style twill pants and a logo polo-type shirt or other types of collared shirt or sweater (for men) or blouse, dressy tee, or sweater and dressy capris (for women). Professionally-styled company logo shirts are required for employees who fall under this category (not t-shirts or sweatshirts). Hosiery/socks are not required for women. Footwear should be selected according to the type of work performed, keeping safety, comfort, and professional appearance in mind. Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, and hats are not permitted.
Non-Business Casual Attire – Casual attire, such as jeans, polo-type shirts, or other types of collared shirt or sweater (for men) or blouse, dressy tee, or sweater and dressy capris (for women), ABX logo shirts and non-promotional, non athletic fleecewear. Women’s capris must be mid (not upper) calf. Footwear should be selected according to the type of work performed, keeping safety, comfort, and professional appearance in mind. Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, and hats are not permitted in office settings. Hosiery/socks are not required for women.
• Uniform/Non-Climate Controlled Environments – If uniforms are provided, employees must wear them in accordance with department guidelines. Where uniforms are not provided in non-climate controlled environments, such as warehouses, the Sort, hangars, etc., appropriate attire includes jeans, shorts
(non-spandex, covering majority of thigh), athletic shoes or boots where required, fitted tank tops and t-shirts or sweatshirts with non offensive markings.
The following guidelines should be used to determine the dress code appropriate to your work area. The management of the area will determine what level of dress is most appropriate.
Managers and above – Business Attire or Informal Business Attire is required. Employees under this dress code may use the Business Casual Attire on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Supervisors, Exempt Professionals and Non-Exempt Employees – Informal Business Attire or Business Casual Attire is appropriate Monday through Thursday. Non-Business Casual Attire is appropriate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Hourly Employees – For non-uniformed employees, Business Casual Attire or non-Business Casual Attire is appropriate depending on the type of work and interaction with the general public, customers, or vendors. Non-Business Casual Attire is appropriate, on Fridays, for uniformed or non-uniformed employees.
What Not To Wear To Work
Except as noted in non-climate controlled environments, inappropriate attire includes but is not limited to:
Sweatpants, sweatshirts or workout attire; shorts; sheer clothing or clothing that is excessively revealing, distracting or provocative; tank tops; athletic shoes, sneakers, or casual sandals.
Sweatpants, sweatshirts or workout attire; shorts; sheer clothing or clothing that is excessively revealing, distracting or provocative; halter or tank tops; and skirts/dresses that are excessively short; athletic shoes, sneakers, or casual sandals.
Jewelry is prohibited in all operational areas where the job requires using tools and equipment, or is in proximity to moving belts, machines or vehicles. This includes necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, and other piercing jewelry.
Medic Alert bracelets or necklaces, wedding bands and watches may be worn. For obvious safety reasons wedding bands are strongly discouraged in operational areas.
Situations That May Call For Different Attire
Summer and Peak Business Casual Dress:
For those employees who typically are required to wear Business Attire, Business Casual Attire is permitted between Memorial Day and Labor day, and between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. For both men and women, clothing should have a good fit. Clothing should be pressed and in good condition, meaning that it has no fading, holes, or dangling threads, and is also wrinkle-free.
Employees should always consider each day’s activities when determining what to wear. If you are hosting or attending meetings with clients or employees from other offices, you should refrain from wearing casual attire, unless you know that meeting attendees will also dress in business casual attire.
Management may require a higher standard of dress for their area. If higher standards of dress are required, they must be approved by the Vice President of Human Resources, set forth in writing, and distributed to each affected employee.
Supervisors and managers can specify additional or alternative dress and grooming requirements based on the business needs of their departments or requirements necessary for employee safety and comfort.
Employee Role & Responsibility
Always strive to project a professional image while at work and in the public eye.
Be conservative when selecting work attire. If there is doubt as to whether a piece of clothing or outfit is appropriate, do not wear it in the workplace.
Always avoid loose fitting clothing or items that may cause a safety hazard in the workplace.
Proper appearance includes personal hygiene. Daily grooming and bathing is required.
Management Role & Responsibility
Set the example for professional appearance in the workplace.
Communicate the company standards of dress to all employees.
The overriding goal is to achieve a professional appearance regardless of the level of dress employees wear. Enforce this policy to accomplish that effect. Employees who fail to follow the proper dress code should be counseled and subject to disciplinary actions, including leaving the premises (if necessary). Any time lost will not be compensated.
Keep safety in mind when determining proper attire at work. Never sacrifice employee safety for comfort.
To provide for consistent use of the company logo and better value to employees, logo wear must be selected through the Company Store.