A Dress Code?? Oh, Right.

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

In regards to the company-wide e-mail sent out by Human Resources Director Valerie Henderson about dress code, I thought it worth addressing in the blog.

Let me start by saying: I certainly don’t disagree with it, and as a matter of fact, I make it a point (on most days) to wear business attire as much as possible. But at the same time, I don’t mean to be a hypocrite, because there have been a few days when I’ve come in looking disheveled, and although I’m still technically an extern, I would never want to present Georgia Community Support & Solutions in a negative light.

On previous jobs, there are times I’ve been reprimanded for dressing inappropriately, and in one instance, I was almost fired. However, I believe I’ve learned that lesson for the most part.

A few years ago, I also worked in a position similar to the one I have with GCSS at the moment. Although I couldn’t technically be “fired” from it, my boss did chew me out a few times for dressing inappropriately. Specifically, when I had the cartilage in my left ear pierced several years ago, he became upset and said that he thought the look was very unprofessional.

I realize that different offices have varying policies on dress code, but I’m pleased that the e-mail was forwarded to everyone, as it’s nice to have guidelines.

All in all, I hope this will help all of us in maintaining great standards here at GCSS, because I want to (as I hope you all do) present the best image we can.


About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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2 Responses to A Dress Code?? Oh, Right.

  1. Whitney says:

    Does this mean you endorse a dress code?

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