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hi, i have been act. asst. for 7-1/2 yrs. went to school- mepap1, in hopes of getting act.dir.. she never retired. now i have my break -a 198 bed facility, non -profit org. they said to dress business/casual but they want the act. dir. to look like she is the dir. so what does that mean? please help me. :P i start on the 16th thanks

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As the Activities Director, I wear my name tag that states that I am the director. When the corporate persons come to visit, I will dress what I like to call a little more "she-she-fah-fah" (sweater, jewelry, nice shoes..maybe a skirt, jacket..) but for every day, when I am out and about with the residents, I wear colorful tops, jumpers, skirts, lots of times, my white socks and oxford shoes or even my corduroy sneakers. The residents LOVE to see what we are wearing, and we need to be prepared to play ball, get under the table, help someone who needs a tissue, feed someone (?), strap a wheelchair down in the bus.. You get what I am saying... If all I did was sit behind the desk, and go to meetings every day, all day, I could wear the business clothes. I am sensitive to when I need to look the 'professional part', but for most days, I try to look like I am about to have some fun, because I am. I think my favorite thing to wear, and the residents make the most comments.. a skirt, red roper boots, a red turtleneck, and a wide leather belt that hooks..it has lots of silver on it, and the residents can see it well from their wheelchair eye level view. Most will comment on my outfits and say, "Wow, you look good today" " I like that color"...other times, the mother in them will come out, and they will spare nothing in the critique.. :P

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That would usually mean black dress pant, nice top, maybe a blazer (ugghhh), blouse. It sounds like the khaki's and gym shoes are out. I would think to dress as if you were going for an interview or a business meeting.

 

Good Luck!

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In my instance, I am also management so I do pressed slacks and pressed shirt, either long sleeve or golf. And some comfy shoes. It can mean dress or what they call casual sneakers.

 

If you have doubts, I would look at some business web sites for help. If still confused, talk to your administrator.

 

I can say this....in my years as a manager, I can see a definite change in our "outside" customers faces, when they see me dressed nice vs. my work clothes.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

bigChris

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http://www.career.vt.edu/JOBSEARC/BusCasual.htm

 

"Business casual guidelines for men and women

 

Business casual is crisp, neat, and should look appropriate even for a chance meeting with a CEO. It should not look like cocktail or party or picnic attire. Avoid tight or baggy clothing; business casual is classic rather than trendy.

 

Basics:

Khaki pants, neatly pressed, and a pressed long-sleeved, buttoned solid shirt are safe for both men and women. Polo/golf shirts, unwrinkled, are an appropriate choice if you know the environment will be quite casual, outdoors or in a very hot location. This may not seem like terribly exciting attire, but you are not trying to stand out for your cutting edge look, but for your good judgment in a business environment.

 

Shoes / belt:

Wear a leather belt and leather shoes. Athletic shoes are inappropriate.

 

Details:

Everything should be clean, well pressed, and not show wear. Even the nicest khakis after 100 washings may not be your best choice for a reception. Carefully inspect new clothes for tags, and all clothes for dangling threads, etc. (as with interview attire)."

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Everyone thinks differnent as to what this means. I do agree with the folks on your clothes being neat. I have been in this profession for many many years. I have learned & never heard a complaint from anyone, admin, corp office, state etc. about what works best as an AD. If you are going to a seminar, meeting etc. Then dress up in a bussiness fashion. But fo reveryday attire as an AD, like it was stated eariler, you will be crawling under tables, on ladders, getting glue, paint etc. on you. Not mention lifting boxes, res. in w/c etc. So I never wore skirts or dresses. My staff & ,myself wear pants (not jeans, except on causal friday) & blouses, polo shirts, t-shirts etc. & comfortable but nice looking shoes yes we wear tenny shoes. I have noticed that res. respond to us different to us if we look to formal, we should dress for the job we are hired to do. I suggest that you speak to your admin about what she/he has in mind. If she/he says bussiness suites etc. discuss w/ him/her about your job description> If you have assistance who will be doing the day to day activities & you will be in meeting, at a desk most of the time then that is fine. Otherwise bring up to him/her the daily task that are required as an AD & see if it is OK to dress the way I suggested. Also I really think it is important that the AD dresses for the holiday, occ., & fun. I agree w/ katlipstick on this.

Ok this is my thoughts on this matter. Best of luck to you. Pennie

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I work for a PACE program and our dress casual is Jeans and a t-shirt. Don't want to get all your nice clothes messed up with paint, glue, food, and all those other things. I'm looking at what people are wearing and i have to say I'm happy for jean and a shirt.

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