Due to a couple of internal complaints and the idea of "professional" being taken a little too liberally, we're rethinking the policy. Should ties be required for everyone, just for meetings, or at all? The women's clothing requirements are where it gets really tricky..
What are some thoughts on office dress? Are there any standards? We consider ourselves to be a professional engineering consulting firm and we want to come across that way. But... the office world is different than it was twenty years ago and the employees have a lot more options - people aren't just happy to be working, so we also have to be sensitive to the fact that no one wants to wear ties. We don't want to make the employees uncomfortable/unhappy either.
You can certainly do the same design in a golf shirt as you can in a tie, but there is something to be said for a professional appearance.