“Hi, I’m Alan … Guess what?! HP doesn’t have a global dress code. And if we did, you’d think I’d know, being the head of HR for Hewlett Packard Enterprise an’ all.”
OK, so no dress code at HP, right?
Not so fast. While May’s funny video was going viral, the ever-vigilant Register reported on some funny business going on behind the scenes: “HP insists ‘we don’t have a global dress code’ – while deleting one from its website,” read its headline.
HP Enterprise’s head of HR says his company does not have a “global” dress code, while his minions quietly remove a webpage on workplace appearance from HP.com.
Fun video, but none of this changes anything… except one thing: a webpage in the “HP Technology at Work” section of HP.com, dated August 2013, titled “Being smart about casual” and listing do’s and don’ts for workplace attire – such as no short skirts or sandals or ripped jeans, and so on. HP still links to the article here.
Earlier today, we noticed HP had deleted the contents of the “Being smart about casual” page entirely. Gone. A page that had been online for two years, and according to HP insiders, matched the memo sent to some engineering teams last week.
HP did not comment.
So, dress code or no dress code?
For most of us, it’s no big deal either way. But HP employees might want to think twice Monday morning when they’re picking out their day’s wardrobe.
But if you’re feeling really lucky, take a cue from that dude in HR:
Photo at top by Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News archives